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September 22, 2014
by christinacoker

Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy

*Thank you to Pull-Ups® for sponsoring today’s post

Are you in the middle of conquering the potty with your toddler? As a mom of 4, I know that it’s a feat, especially for 1st time parents. How do you start? When are they ready? Jump right in or ease into it? There are just soo many questions!

Pull-Ups is well aware of the up hill battle we as mom’s and dad’s face and they’re here to help with Big Kid Academy.


Pull-Ups know that “every kid is unique. That’s why when you enroll at the Big Kid Academy, you’ll get a personalized My Pull-Ups® page with potty training activities and advice customized to your point in the potty training journey.  The Big Kid Academy has a world-class library of potty training tips and advice from parenting experts, medical professionals and our brightest alumni: parents who have been there.”  Topics include:

  • How to talk to day care providers about potty training
  • Solutions for nighttime
  • Potty training on the go
  • The best clothing for potty training

You’ll love all the help and features of Big Kid Academy and they’ll love seeing their favorite Disney characters like Jake and Doc McStuffins. And yes, even with potty training, there’s an app for that! The time to potty app has reminder timers to keep your little one on track and features games and activities to keep them entertained while learning all about their new potty routine.

kids potty time

My 2 yr old mini queen is our latest potty training success. Though she’s been potty trained since before she was 2, she’s still in her Pull-Ups overnight. There are tools at Big Kid Academy specifically for this challenge including a night time checklist, create your own bedtime story and more. With their help, mini queen will soon be dry all night, every night.



September 22, 2014
by christinacoker

Local spotlight: SA Children’s Museum traveling gallery

*press release



New Exhibit, Toys: The Inside Story, To Be Featured
In The Do Seum Traveling Gallery Beginning Friday, October 3rd

The San Antonio Children’s Museum (SACM) is excited to unveil the new traveling exhibit space, The Do Seum Traveling Gallery, as the PowerBall Hall exhibit begins a refurbishment process in preparation to move to its new home at The Do Seum, scheduled to open in June 2015.

This new exhibit space will take the place of the family favorite exhibit, PowerBall Hall, as it begins a five-month restoration and updating process before moving permanently to The Do Seum. With just one week left at the Museum, the current exhibit features an interactive ball wall and hundreds of colorful balls that teach children about basic principles of science as they determine which pulleys, gears, flippers, blowers, and launchers will project the balls through a maze of clear tubing to a centralized, elevated ball drop. The restoration project will improve the current PowerBall Hall as it will become a major highlight at San Antonio’s new museum for kids, The Do Seum.

The Do Seum Traveling Gallery will be a permanent space at the current museum that will give visitors a small peek of what’s to come at The Do Seum, which will house a much larger 3,000 square foot Temporary Exhibit Gallery. The first exhibit to be featured in this new gallery will be Toys: The Inside Story, where visitors to the San Antonio Children’s Museum will be among the first in Texas to see this new traveling exhibition beginning on Friday, October 3.

“We are very excited to be able to bring in this fun and engaging exhibit to San Antonio Children’s Museum,” says Vice President of Education and Visitor Experience Rita Hoffstadt. “Through creative and imaginative exhibits, Toys: The Inside Story will immerse kids of all ages into the fascinating unseen inter-workings of well-known and beloved toys.”

Toys: The Inside Story will include twelve different hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys, and it lets visitors create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams, and circuits. For example, Jack Gets Out of His Box gives visitors a close-up view of the cam combination that frees our hero “Jack,” while elsewhere they can unmask the amazing collection of switches, cams, and motors that make Elmo® dance and Mr. Machine® run. Many of the exhibits are also free-form and open-ended: Gears at Play illustrates the effects of gear ratios as visitors figure out how to spin ballerinas and a carousel, while the Jeepers Peepers challenge at the pulley table may take a little experimentation to solve.

Toys: The Inside Story was developed by the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, with funding from a National Science Foundation grant awarded to seven museums across the country that comprise TEAMS (Traveling Exhibits at Museums of Science).

The San Antonio Children’s Museum is located at 305 East Houston Street. For more information on this new exhibit and for all SACM happenings, please visit or follow on Facebook

September 19, 2014
by christinacoker

“Let it Go” with Frozen and Kohl’s

*I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating

Be honest. You’ve seen Frozen, you know the songs by heart, you’ve belted them out a time or two. At the top of your lungs. For no reason at all. Even the hubbs hasn’t been immune from breaking into song “you wanna build a snowman” or  ”let it go, let it go”  Those tunes are catchy! The entire movie soundtrack has long been downloaded on the hubbys iTunes and I can’t even count the number of times it’s been played.

Kohl’s is partnering with the phenomenon that is Frozen and and is running a national sing your heart out contest.


We’ve all seen the youtube sensation videos of everyone from mom, dads, teens and adorable toddlers channeling their inner divas and singing their hearts out with Anna, Elsa and Olaf.  Now it’s your turn to have your vocal chords featured.

Join Elsa in her famous “Let it Go” tune for a chance to appear in a Kohl’s holiday commercial that will be aired during the 2014 American Music Awards!

Now through Monday, September 29th you can submit a video of yourself, your children, your whole family, singing along with Elsa for the chance for your video to be 1 of 10 chosen as a finalist. As a finalist, you’ll get you and everyone in your video flown out to LA including the airfare, car service, and meal expenses.

To outfit yourself and your little Frozen fanatics, shop the Frozen for Kohl’s line both online and in store. Clothes, toys, bedding, decor, etc… all available with your favorite characters front and center.

Check out a few of my favorite pieces.

frozen for kohls

- Olaf and Sven life size cutout
- Elsa and Anna nightgowns
- 3 piece Anna, Elsa and Olaf sleepover set
- Elsa and Anna life size cutout
- Frozen character tumblers

Happy shopping and singing!

September 18, 2014
by christinacoker

Flats with a flourish

*thank you to Lyst for contributing today’s post

While a closet filled with lavish heels is well worth coveting, practical flats have upped their style factor over the past few years. Flats are anything but boring when decked out with cute prints and interesting details. From the looks of this year’s runway trends, the trendy flat is back with a vengeance. If you’re looking to pick up a pair of flats for running after the kids or covering some serious mileage in the city, look for these on-trend details that really bring them to life this season.

fabulous flats

Tory Burch is a designer perhaps most synonymous with the classic ballet flat. This season the brand has several classic flats updated in chic leopard prints and daring snakeskin along with the usual quilted leather and buckles, which you can check out on this selection at Lyst. This falls in line with a greater animal-print theme for the fall that’s reminiscent of 1960′s fashion. Spice up a neutral outfit with leopard-print flats and you’ll be ready to take on the workday or the weekly shop with a bit of a kick.

Another hot trend this fall that has carried over from the summer season is botanical prints, including lush floral patterns and clean green leaves. You’ll see these on a variety of flats from various designers, bringing a fresh feeling to your fall wardrobe. As the temperature drops, fall floral prints can help make the summer last longer!

Smoking slippers have been perennially popular as a fall shoe since 2011 or so, and their revival continues in force for 2014. Available in velvet and in rich hues like burgundy and teal, they fit in with the opulent Victorian boudoir look that’s so hot for fall. Smoking slippers are comfortable, just like slippers, but they are given a fashion edge with pointed toes and luxurious embellishments including jewels and silk tassels.

If you prefer a polished and professional look, look for flats constructed out of feminine tweed prints. Wild tartan is also all the rage, channelling a Marc Jacobs grunge vibe and seen on flats from designers including Christian Louboutin and Coach.

Whether you prefer oxfords, loafers, or dainty ballet flats, pick them up in silver or gold to stay on trend this season. You won’t miss wearing heels when you have flashy gilt shoes that are effortlessly stylish and comfortable. The metallic trend can also be combined with some of the other trends on this list. Pick up a pair of gold snakeskin smoking slippers for a triple whammy effect!

It’s hard to beat the comfort of a pair of flats for everyday wear. They go with everything, and many of these trends pop up time and time again which means you may get far more than one season’s use out of them!

September 17, 2014
by christinacoker

Alamo City Provisions – Dinner #2

Remember me telling you about Alamo City Provisions in this post, well the collaborative dinner series is continuing this month with it’s 2nd dinner set for September 21st.


Tickets are now on sale for this 4 course dinner + dessert bar featuring 10 different items. The menu features item like rabbit torchon from Chef Sohocki, chateaubriand from Chef Torres and more.

The evening will take place at the Inn at Craig Place beginning with a champagne reception. Guests will then move out to the gardens for the plated dinner complete with wine and cocktail pairings followed by the dessert display inside the Inn.  To top it all off, your night will be accompanied with live music by members from the San Antonio Symphony.

Tickets for the 1st dinner sold out so don’t delay in getting your seats for the night. Grab your spot here and get ready for a night of 5-star culinary treatment!

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