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January 23, 2015
by christinacoker
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FREE SeaWorld passes

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If you’re thinking abut getting SeaWorld passes for your family this year, make sure you look into their amazing FREE pass offers that include entrance to both SeaWorld AND Aquatica.

- parents of a 3-5 year olds can grab this FREE pre-school pass
- Texas teachers are eligible for a FREE teacher pass
- active duty military members receive FREE admission for themselves and up to 3 of their dependents

Registration for teachers and tots ends on March 31st so be sure to take advantage of the offers ASAP. With the 2015 Wild Days celebrations kicking off on January 31st, you’ll want to have your passes ready to go.

See you around the park!

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January 22, 2015
by christinacoker
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My live in jeans – 1 pair 2 ways

*thank you to true religion for sponsoring todays post

As of right now, 4 months post baby #4, I can fit into 2 pairs of my jeans (and am afraid to even try on any others). Luckily, jeans are so versatile and I can easily style them up or down depending on the occasion. Wether for a date night out with the hubbs or an afternoon at the playground with the minis, I know that I can pull a look together.

Straight leg or skinny jeans in particular are my favorite cut. They can be worn with flats, heels or tucked into boots and look great all of those ways.

For a day that I feel like dressing up, I’d pair my jeans with a blouse, fur vest and a blanket scarf. A great leather purse and stiletto booties would polish off the look.

For running errands or heading outdoors with the minis, a tee, and cardigan and over the knee boots would do.
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What’s your favorite way to wear your trusty pair of jeans?

January 19, 2015
by christinacoker
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For the fashion girl – 10 products to customize

*thank you to Laura Dolman for contributing todays post

Custom products are becoming more on trend than ever before. I can see 2015 being a big year for those of us who love to have stylish items that have been tailor made to suit our individual styles and preferences. I don’t know about you, but I love nothing more than being spoiled for choice when I make a purchase. If a product is well-priced and it offers us the option to customize it, then it has to be worth a look. The idea that we can customize various aspects of our life, from homeware to fashion is intriguing. It is something that more companies recognize as great business potential. As buyers, our options are really opening up.

After looking into all things customizable and stylish, here are some of the highlights that can be custom made to suit your needs.

1 – Shoes
What could be better than a brand new pair of designer shoes? A fully custom designed pair, that’s what! The right shoes can make a great impression on any number of occasions. You might be looking for the perfect wedding shoes to have custom made, or perhaps you want to get creative with some casual sneaker design. There are stores and brands out there who will cater to your needs. Brands like Nike and Converse will allow you to custom build your shoe design. This is great for when you want to create a pair of shoes that go with the majority of the outfits in your wardrobe. Or for when you want to create some seriously ‘stand out’ footwear. Wedding shoes or some killer heels for special occasions can be custom made in a variety of ways. Some stores will fully make you a pair of shoes from scratch, based on your design. This is perfect for the fashionista who has everything. Other stores will take a pair of your own shoes and upcycle them with a design of your choice. You can opt for something simple and classic or a bold and striking design that will turn heads.

2 – Purses
Bags and purses can be custom made to suit any occasion. You can use cheap options such as CafePress or go down the designer route. There are many designers out there who will let you be part of the entire design process. This is great for any budding fashion designers out there who want to create a one-off fashion piece for themselves. You can choose from materials such as leather for the ultimate in designer quality or why not create a simplistic cotton tote bag? These are ideal for taking to work or school. You can even use them to do the grocery shopping.

3 – Phone Cases
Phone cases are so customizable these days. You could create your own monogram for your initials and have this printed on a phone case. Or why not think up a catchy phrase or pick your favorite book quote and have this made into a custom design instead?

4 – Stationery
I love the idea of having your name embossed onto stationery. Cute phrases and sayings on pencils and pens are so in fashion right now. The whole world has gone stationery mad, and custom stationery is a great way to keep organized, but stay stylish. You can also have a special pen engraved. This would make a great gift idea for someone special.

5 – Mugs
Mugs are highly customizable. You can upload a picture on most printing websites and have your family’s faces on your favourite coffee mug. Or if you are handy with a paintbrush, why not draw some original art and scan it in. This could then be printed onto a mug to create an everlasting piece of artwork. A fun and functional gift or homeware item.

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6 – Stamps
Many people don’t know that you can create custom postage stamps. This is a great way to send stylish family postcards and letters. Having photos of your kids printed onto anything instantly adds a little bit of charm! You could even design these for business use and have a company image or logo added.

7 – iPad accessories
With so many people having iPads these days, it’s no surprise that there are options for custom design. You could have your name, or a phrase etched into your iPad itself or as a gift for someone. If you don’t want to create something so permanent, you could design your own iPad case instead. This would allow for versatility, and it will also ensure that your iPad stays protected. Great for people on the go a lot!

8 – Business Cards
A good business card can attract lots of attention to your business or services. Some of the business card designs that you can find; are truly inspiring. Getting creative with designs really makes you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons and will show that you’re not afraid to think outside the box.

9 – Websites and blogs
Don’t forget that you can completely customize your website or blog. If you are good at coding and web design, you can do this yourself. If not, you could hire a professional to create the design that you envision. You can create everything from a beautifully stylish custom header for your blog, to custom social media icons. If you can see it on your blog, the chances are that it can probably be custom designed. This is ideal for anyone wanting to create a personal blog that reflects them and their passions. You could even add a picture of you and your family in your design so that people can see who they are interacting with on a personal blog page.

10 – Beauty products
Beauty products are big business. It is great to hear that now you can even custom design your own items. Perfume brands are now also offering the option for beauty and fragrance fanatics to come in and make their scents. Pick your favorite parts of a fragrance and add your twist!

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January 16, 2015
by christinacoker
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Local spotlight – Culinaria Restaurant Week

Local foodies, I have some fabulous news to share with you, Culinaria is hosting its first ever Winter Restaurant Week!

If you know me, you know that I’m a food lover. Exploring all the gourmet culinary goodness that San Antonio has to offer is something that the hubbs and I love to do. That being said, restaurant week just might be my favorite week of the year!

“San Antonio Restaurant Week benefits all of Culinaria’s community outreach programs, making each dining experience a charitable one. It is truly a masterful culinary adventure, as well as an opportunity to try new restaurants and support many local favorites. With each meal ordered specifically for San Antonio Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will donate $1 from each lunch menu and $2 from each dinner menu ordered to benefit Culinaria.”

See the participating restaurants and their menus here. The list includes some of my favorites like Arcade Midtown Kitchen and Boiler House and ones that have long been on my “to try” list like Kimura and Restaurant Gwendolyn.

I’m breaking out the stretchy pants in anticipation!

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January 7, 2015
by christinacoker
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New Zoya Naturel Satins

Calling all nail polish lovers, the first new Zoya collection of 2015 has been announced – Naturel Satins.

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This collection follows the Naturel and Naturel deux collections launched in 2014.

These 6 new shades feature a satin finish (a mix between matte and glossy) for long lasting wear.

Leah: Lavender tinged taupe
Rowan: Creamy suede taupe
Sage: Mossy sage green
Tove: Misty slate grey
Brittany: Rose mauve cream
Ana: Light toasted almond

Available starting January 15th

Happy polishing!
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