Saturday, September 16

Get Lost in a Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms

Join us this fall for the the 2017 Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farm. Get lost in our 5-acre corn maze, pick your favorite pumpkin, feed the farm animals, and enjoy more than 30 exciting family activities while you listen to live Texas country & bluegrass music!

Barton Hill Farms is a scenic Texas farmstead on the banks of the Colorado River near Bastrop, just 25 minutes from Austin. Open Saturdays & Sundays from September 23rd to November 5th, just one week away! Fall officially starts on September 22nd!

And here's the best part! Get $1 off with this exclusive coupon when you buy your tickets online: http://bartonhillfarms.com

Tickets are $14 at the door or $13 when you buy them online.

What does your ticket include?
We have acres and acres of fun included in Farm Admission. Extra fee items: Face painting and pumpkins. Take a buzz on the new little Bee Train through a fantastic field of zinnias for a super thrill! Also new this Fall: Rubber Duck Races, a sporting Ball Toss arcade, old-fashioned Tug-o-War games, and much more! Click HERE to see all the fun things there is to do!

Are they open yet? NO! Opening weekend is September 23rd!
Open Weekends September 23 - November 5, 2017
Saturdays 10am – 8pm
Sundays 10am – 6pm
Last admission 45 min prior to clos


Check out their Facebook page for some awesome picture and get excited to get lost in the corn maze?! Have any of ya'll been to a corn maze, you can get lost! lol So be sure to bring some water and maybe a snack, just in case, lol. Don't worry, the maze closes before sundown, so it won't be too dark.

Friday, September 15

Free Sundays at #TexRenFest

Who else is excited for fall?! I am! We had been trying to decide what weekend to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival. We've wanted to go for several years now, but we are closer now, so this is our year! What is this festival I speak of????

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation's largest and most acclaimed Renaissance themed event. Established in 1974, the event attracts over half a million visitors each year to its 55-acre New Market Village and Fields of New Market Campgrounds in Todd Mission, Texas. This immersive experience features world renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters during its nine themed weekends from September 30 through November 26, 2017. For more information, please visit www.texrenfest.com.

Each weekend, a different theme comes to life across the 55-acre festival grounds including:

Oktoberfest (September 30 & October 1)
1001 Dreams (October 7 & 8)
Pirate Adventure (October 14 & 15)
Roman Bacchanal (October 21 & 22)
All Hallows' Eve (October 28 & 29)
Barbarian Invasion (November 4 & 5)
Heroes and Villains (November 11 & 12)
Highland Fling (November 18 & 19)
Celtic Christmas (November 24, 25, & 26)

Every theme seems amazing, doesn't it? Which weekend would you want to go to? #TexRenFest has an amazing coupon with US Family Guide: Texas Renaissance Festival! Kids 12 and Under Admitted Free Every Sunday! Click to get your coupon! http://usfamilyguide.com/coupon.php?bid=13446&dealid=3360 .@usfg


Thinking about #TexRenFest just reminds me that fall is just around the corner. It always feel that once fall comes around it's the end of the year, am I right? Fall is actually starts on September 22nd. Bring it on!

Thursday, August 31

Hickies: Back-to-School Series #1

Every Friday in the month of September I will share a few tips for making the transition for both kids and parents a bit easier. This first one is a doozie! HICKIES! Keep reading to learn what I'm talking about.... I try to buy my girls (i have 3 school-aged daughters) two or more pairs of shoes; an active shoe, which usually has laces, and a more casual/formal shoe, which usually doesn't have laces. Which ones do they choose to wear nearly every day to school? The ones that have shoe laces! Of course my oldes daughter, who's now 13, can tie her own shoes, but the other two still need help. And let's be real, even the oldest one I find myself nagging her to tie her laces correctly, she gets sloppy in the mornings at times. Here come HICKIES to save the day!

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Monday, August 21

September 11th is Amoung Us *Movie Promo + Giveaway*


I don't know about you but I was a senior in high school and I was late to Spanish class! I was able to see everything happening at home before leaving to school. It literally was unbelievable. Ever since then, every time there is a movie or documentary about the tragedy I just get pulled into watching and finding out all the different stories from family and friends is just amazing! On September 8th, 9/11 is going to be released in theaters!

COMMENT and TWEET below "Where you were on the morning of 9/11" for a chance to win A PRIZE PACK (Your email too).
The Prize Pack Contains:
1 - 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
1 - “Hope” Pendant with necklace
1 - Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children
Tweet @9_11Movie and use the hashtag #Remember911 to pay tribute to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.


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9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).
In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.
Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later ... their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.
With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds. 


Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, Septemter 24, 2017 at 11:59pm. Comment answering the question and with your email in which to contact you. You have 24hrs to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Each household is only eligible to win via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. I was not paid to share my opinions but am screening the movie for free from the Tether Group.

Friday, August 18

Winner Winner. 8-16-17

First Day of School 8/14/17
      A week of school has come and is about to be done! My girls were so excited to go back and they had a great first week!
How about the adults? The parents and teachers? How was your first week? It was a bit stressful for me. Making sure they had the right supplies and if there was anything I left out and making sure all their uniforms were washed n ready. Making sure I was there on time to pick them up from school and attending all the important meetings. Ughh, it was exhausting to say the least! All in all I it will just get better and hope a routine falls into place sooner than later.

I announced a back-to-school giveaway on my facebook page earlier this week if you didn't see it (follow me on social media, I'll post links at the bottom of this post) and I just picked a winner.... WAS IT YOU?

Alicia Sneed!!

You were randomly chosen as the winner! I will message the winner on facebook and please respond within 24 hours. If not I will pick a new winner!

I will mail out the prize on Monday morning!
Congrats and hope everyone has a smooth transition into the new year!


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Wednesday, August 16

Tears for Years

I was just telling a friend that we had a crazy last few months and then I wrote this out:

July 1st 2016 we find out we are pregnant with baby number 4!

November 2016 hubby starts new job.

November 2016 hubby moves 254 miles away from his three girls and his pregnant wife.

December 17th we move into a new apartment

December 18th my water breaks while shopping at Costco, while hubby was in town!

December 18th I'm put on bed rest

December 22nd I go into labor at 5am and baby boy was born at 7:54am

December 23rd I get discharged from the hospital

December 22-March 28th baby was in the NICU (from 2.4lbs to 4.8lbs)

**During his 98 days in the NICU he had 3 surgeries and transferred hospitals over 200 miles away, which I had leave him and only visit on the weekends!

June 2nd our 3 girls are out for the summer

June 22nd we move to Austin, Texas with hubby

August 14th our girls go back to school

During this time frame we also had 2 birthdays, over a dozen doctor visits and have two surgeries scheduled for our lil baby still. We are finally all unpacked and moved in and getting into the swing of things. I must have shed enough tears for a few years and probably had a few grey hairs popout, yet I can't see them, lol. But I want to thank my friends and family for all the support and my grandma for watching the girls so I could go visit him in the hospital and to my youtube subscriber for setting up a gofundme account to pay for gas and expenses. I'm just so thankful. My lil miracle is now almost 15lbs and about to turn 8 months old. Watch my birth story HERE.

I couldn't be happier!



Wednesday, August 9

Chapter 4

For all of my 32 years I have lived in the Rio Grande Valley.... When I was about 11 years old we came on a family vacation to see the Dallas Cowboys at their training camp in Austin, Texas; at St. Edwards University. Ever since then I wanted to live in Austin and attend that college.... well one of my dreams came true this summer!

We are now Austinions! Is that how you spell that?! I still can't believe that we are here, we're broke, but we made it! Growing up in the valley you always hear stories about people, friends, family that leave and never go back. Deep down I never thought I would be one of those people. Who would of thunk. 

We moved at the end of June, we already had a place to stay and had already registered our girls in our first choice school, which was amazing in itself and now they start school on MONDAY!


We've already had a few adventures and I haven't been vlogging but I have been taking a few pics here and there and posting them on INSTAGRAM, so click and follow us along on our new journey, CHAPTER 4!


ps. I'm also a mom of 4! Back in December I had our 4th baby, a boy! I did do a birth vlog if you want to check it out!


Friday, July 8

A Mother's Sleep Routine + #ZzzQuil Review

7pm :Zzzzz time! Or at least that's when I start thinking about sleep. Somedays I wake up at 6am, other days I wake up at 9am (days when Hubby takes the kids to school).

7:30pm: Dinner is usally cooked, served and being eaten, and I just sit down to eat around this time. And I just hate it when I forget my drink in the kitchen and have to get up again. And then by that time, someone wants seconds. Yeah, I have all girls, but they are NOT PICKY EATERS!

8pm: Bath/shower time, for the kids. I'm 32, really, and I'm at that age where I sometimes don't want to take a bath myself, too tired to take a bath or am thinking about the water bill, lol.

8:15pm: Get up to refill my drink and choose something to watch on TV. As it plays I get a load of laundry ready to wash and then usually come back to the T.V. and the show is already 15 minutes in so I have to rewind it, and annoy my hubby.

8:30pm: Yell at the girls to get out of the shower already and dry themselves and then put on their pj's.

8:45pm: Bed time and then they start begging for me to read them a book (or two or three), so then it's 9pm and I'm walking back into the living room and have to rewind the show another 15 minutes, haha!! I secretly love that part.

9pm: Remind everyone to get in bed and stay in bed! And then walk into the kitchen and somehow I have the munchies and put a load in the dishwasher while I think of something I can snack on that's not too unhealthy for me, but will also not use up many dishes. I usually turn to granola or nachos!

10pm: I finally finished that show that I put on about 2 hours ago! Cozy up to hubby with my snack and put on a movie while folding clothes at the same time and if I finish folding early I color or draw (I'm doing the #sketchalongchallenge).

11pm: Either take a shower or check my email/blog/social media time as I lay in bed until I fall asleep, which is usually another 2-3 hours! Yikes, that sounds bad.

And that's my sleep routine! How much different is it from yours? Well, I was so surprised and excited to get the Voxbox from Influenster for ZzzQuil, I took it once before a few years ago after I had baby number three and it helped me sleep a little bit. You know mamas intuition kinda kicked it on the curb, cus when baby cries, mama wakes up!

Well this time, my bed time routine was, DINNER at 7:30pm, BATH at 8:15, ZzzQuil, 30 minutes of TV and I did some drawing for a challenge I'm doing with #Cuppacraft group on Facebook (and Instagram). I then went to bed because my eyes were getting heavy and I was out by exactly 11pm! I know it was 11pm because hubby sent me a text at 11:06 and I didn't hear it because I was already asleep! I didn't see it till the next morning, REALLY!! I was very impressed as was hubby.

THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY!! Which sleep routine would you prefer? Now I wouldn't take it daily and if I felt like I needed to then I'd probably go see a doctor. But I would think about taking it a few times a month, like on those long summer days or when you come home from a vacation, your body does need to rest after that!

I hope ya'll give this a try and let me know what you think!

Thanks to ZzzQuil and Influenster I was given a sample to try out, all thoughts are my own...


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