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The Must-Have Accessory For Lightning Cord Users

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The Must-Have Accessory For Lightning Cord Users

A few weeks ago, a little package arrived at my door and it’s contents have simplified my life.  If you use a lightning cord to charge your iPhone or iPad – I suggest investing in this must-have accessory. So, are you curious to what it is? It’s the Scosche BoltBox retractable lightning cable.

scosche bolt box

With the BoltBox, I am able to carry around my lightning cable with ease. It fits perfectly in my wristlet for easy travel.

I don’t know about you, but I can am constantly losing my cables. When I first purchased my iPhone 5 – my husband bought at least 5 extra cables. We figured 1 for each vehicle and a few for our home. These things disappear and what about when I am riding in someone else’s car? The Boltbox is great for connecting to my external battery. Since it retracts, I am not having to wrangle a long cord! It’s short and get’s the job done.

The Boltbox can be purchased at Amazon and Scosche.com and is available in multiple colors and styles.

Thanks Scosche for sending us a Boltbox to try out – we’re happy to be able to now have an easy-to-carry lightning cable!

Dallas Summer Musicals: The King and I

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Dallas Summer Musicals: The King and I

Hey DALLAS! How about a musical? It’s time for the Dallas Summer Musicals to kick off their season. First up, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I! I’ll be socialing live from opening night – tomorrow night. Follow along #KingandIDSM and follow Dallas Summer Musicals on Facebook and Twitter

This would make an awesome date night! Here are all the details: 

Dallas Summer Musicals is excited to bring the Royal Palace in Bangkok to life live on-stage in its new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, at the Music Hall at Fair Park March 20 – April 5, 2015. This exciting self-production features a revamped script, timeless songs and a new physical production with an entirely fresh interpretation of the musical. 

Based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam and hit classic Broadway musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I is making its North Texas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park, produced by Michael A. Jenkins (six-time Tony® Award winner)and Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. This exciting new production features a revamped script, timeless songs, and a new physical production with an entirely fresh interpretation of the musical.

The King and I  – Dallas Summer Musicals

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East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, ‘The Small House of Uncle Thomas,’ is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.

The Cast and Crew

king and i dallas summer musical

Directed by Glenn Casale with original choreography by Bob Richard, the all-star cast includes Rachel York (Anna Leonowens), joined by Alan Ariano (the King of Siam), Ted Deasy (Captain Orton/Sir Ramsey), Ray Rochelle (the Karalahome), Yoon Jeong Seaong (Tuptim), Tami Swartz (Lady Thiang), Devin Ilaw (Lun Tha), Aidan Winn (Louis Leonowens), and Stephen Major Yongji Curda (Prince Chulalongkorn).

Rounding out the ensemble are Frenie Acoba, Carol Angeli, Eric Badique, Korey Buecheler, Alysia Chang, Alex Chester, Louise Cornillez, Justine “Icy” Moral, Jan Javier, Jolina Javier, Peter King-Yuen, Bety Le, Eddy Lee, Stephanie Lo, Azumi Milligan, Rumi Oyama, Marcus Shane, Sai Somboon, Sam Tanabe, and Jee Teo.

“What makes Dallas Summer Musicals’ THE KING AND I revival special is the chemistry between Alan Ariano as the King and Rachel York as Anna. It is a musical to share with the entire family that has a great story and a lush score,” said director Casale. “A truly timeless production that will have you invested in the story leaving you humming all of its songs.”

Preview performances for THE KING AND I will be March 20-22. The official press opening night is Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. with the last performance playing Sunday, April 5.  All evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and select Thursdays during the show’s run.

Buy Tickets

Single tickets, priced from $25-$108, are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Mini Packs, which allow all ticket buyers to pick 3 or more shows for as low as $55, are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214.346.3300 or through fax at 214.691.7386. Season subscribers and other patrons who have questions about their tickets can call The Box Office at 214.691.7200.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email [email protected].

5 Tips for Buying Clothes For Kids

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5 Tips for Buying Clothes For Kids

Winter clothes are just about too hot for us here in Texas, it’s time to wheel the crate of Summer clothes and figure out what we need to buy the kids. We have 4 kids ages 3 to 11. They are growing at rapid speeds so I know when we go thru last year’s goods we are going to need to buy new clothes. We are thankful to be working with PS from Aéropostale again – this time we are bringing you tips for buying new clothes for kids!

Tips for Buying Kids Clothes

1. Elastic Waistbands Are AWESOME.


With our boys, elastic waistbands are a must. Our toddlers are 16 months apart and a size or 2 apart. With the elastic bands, each can wear who ever’s shorts!

2. Quality Doesn’t Have To Cost a Fortune

ps from aero shirt

PS From Aero is definitely quality without costing you a fortune! See this shirt – see this boy? This WAS a brand new shirt before dinner – I know MOM fail. I have washed it, yes it was covered in meatball and who knows what (it was his birthday, so the day was a buffet to him!). The quality is still awesome.

Also, I know when we do roll out those crates of summer clothes – our PS from Aero clothes will still be in great shape. With boys, they wear their clothes HARD. I appreciate that I can know that PS from Aero clothing will last more than 1 season – because in this house, we specialize in hand-me-downs!

SHIRT: Don’t Fool With Cool Shirt

3. Buy Staples


For us with our boys, we chose several v-neck solid color shirts from PS from Aéropostale. The gray is a really cool color that can go with just about anything, I also chose white shirts. And yes, I make my younger boys match way too often. They are growing too quickly and I know I only have about another year before all hell will break loose when they realize what I am doing!

SHIRT: Kids’ Marled V-Neck Pocket Tee

4. Let Your Kids Choose A Few Pieces of Clothing

ps from aero

I let my Izaiah choose a few shirts when we were online shopping for him. He adores this hoodie and it’s perfect for our weather right now. Here in Texas, it’s warm enough for shorts but yet slightly chilly. In our house, hoodies are like shoes – you can never have enough!

SHORTS: Solid Flat Front Shorts
HOODIE: Kids’ Rugby Stripe Zip-Front Hoodie

 5. Don’t Be Afraid To Buy Online

ps from aero

I know some people refuse to purchase clothes online. We have had great success with our online purchases, but occasionally something doesn’t fit or look right – so wherever you shop online at – just check their return policy.

PS from Aéropostale allows you to return online purchases by mail or at any Aéropostale store in the United States with the original sales or gift receipt. Also, another perk: as long as merchandise are unwashed, unworn or defective with original price tags – you can return or exchange the merchandise for up to 60 days from the date or purchase.

Thanks PS from Aéropostale for sponsoring this post!

Don’t Stress Over the Stove – Easter Dinner Made Easy!

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Don’t Stress Over the Stove – Easter Dinner Made Easy!

Another family holiday is right around the corner! Yes folks, Easter this year is on Sunday – April 5th. And yes, just a few weeks away. When thinking about the holiday meal – what is most important to you? Is it slaving over the stove all day or is the being able to enjoy a meal without the worry of cooking. For me, it’s option “B”.

If you have ZERO time to cook a fancy meal but want a meal that tastes yummy – there is a solution! Our friends at HoneyBaked Ham have you covered. We use HoneyBaked Ham often and love working with them on posts like this to share the word on how easy a nice meal for the family can be WITHOUT the stress. HoneyBaked Ham has convenient locations all over the Dallas metroplex (and are nationwide!). By the time you buy all of the groceries needed to make a large homemade meal – HoneyBaked Ham’s meals are comparable in price AND don’t require me to do much work.

Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking and my kids and I do cook together often. But with holiday meals, it is so hard – especially with 4 kids – there is no time to do it all!

Easter Dinner Tip: No one can do it all! Find what is important to you and forget the rest of your worries.

We recently ventured over the north Dallas store and picked up a delicious pre-Easter meal for the family. Izaiah, our 5-year-old is obsessed with HAM. Going to the store, the HAM store was like a normal kid going to Toys-R-Us. So he tagged along. Here’s how easy it is to make a delicious holiday meal without the stress.

Let’s Buy a HoneyBaked Ham


You just walk in, tell them what size ham you are needing (just tell them how about many people you are feeding.) Make sure to get a wee bigger ham – HoneyBaked Ham leftover sandwiches are the BEST.

honeybaked ham sides

Choose your sides. We chose 2 macaroni and cheeses, garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato soufflé. Each side feeds approximately 4-6 people. You get a discount if you purchase in 2’s. We purchased an extra mac and cheese to feed the kids for dinner one night. These sides taste amazing. I love homemade, but put these in your own dish and you can so pull these off as homemade, they are THAT good.

honey baked ham mustards

Make sure to pick up a mustard. We love smooth and zesty, it’s perfect for leftovers.


And that’s it – dinner is planned. Now to go home and get this on the table.

honeybaked ham

Personally, we serve our ham cold.

honeybaked ham sides

The sides take around 50 minutes in the oven from frozen.

Ultimate Easter Dinner

There is our meal. It was delish, despite all of my favorite serving platters and dishes boxed up. I have to keep reminding myself that those things don’t matter at the end of the day.

honeybaked ham macaroni and cheese

Time to enjoy conversations with family and friends. An AMAZING Easter meal. And, one of my favorite things… NO dirty pots and pans! It’s the perfect Easter dinner.


And I mentioned the kids love it, right? This is Izaiah, showing off his ham. And yes, this Easter we will continue to work on manners. (But this kid really loves his ham, the fork slows him down.)

HoneyBaked Ham Coupon

Save $5 off $50 with this coupon. 

Offer valid 3.14.15 – 4.4.15. Must present coupon at time of purchase to receive offer. May not be combined with any other offer. One coupon per person at participating retail store locations. While supplies last.

Thanks HoneyBaked Ham for sponsoring this post.


Nexus 9 Review

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Nexus 9 Review

Last week, I received a little surprise package from Google – a Nexus 9 for review. I loved my Nexus 7, until it had an ill-fated incident leaving the screen smashed to pieces. I was excited to see how the Nexus 9 matched up with the Nexus 7.

Nexus 9 Review

Nexus 9 Review


The first thing I noticed with the Nexus 9 was the size. It’s not small like the Nexus 7, it’s more of a full-size tablet. At 8.9 inches, it’s big enough to do the things you love doing on a tablet – yet small enough to carry in your purse.

Nexus 7 size is 7 inches.

Gorilla Glass 3

Gorilla Glass 3 makes it harder to break the glass and more scratch resistant. Thankfully, Google sent over a case as well, so hopefully the Nexus 9 won’t have the fate of my Nexus 7.

Nexus 7 uses scratch resistant Corning® Glass.

Android™ 5.0 Lollipop Operating System

I am loving Lollipop! I hadn’t upgraded my Android phones yet to Lollipop so was excited to see what the differences were from KitKat. The interface is clean and easy to use. I like the new flash light feature that is built-in, as well as that recently used apps are remembered even after restarting the device.

nexus 9 tablet


The sounds is great with the distortion-free with front-facing HTC BoomSound™ speakers.


The 64-bit processor gives you enough power to do all the multi-tasking you need to do with numerous apps open at once.


8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera

Nexus 7 features a 5.0MP rear camera, 1.2-MP front camera

Final Thoughts

My goal is to keep this tablet from my kids. They have this ability to take over everything tech in this house, but this is something I’d like to keep to for me. The Nexus 9 lives next to my bed. It’s perfect for late night surfing and reading. I know it will be great to use when we head out for a road trip because it’s really a great size to carry, not too small – yet not massively huge.  I did love the Nexus 7, but the horsepower of the Nexus 9 definitely reigns.

Buy a Nexus 9

Nexus 9 starts at $399. Amazon has it available for $349.99!

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