Dec 292012

New Year's Resolutions

A Strategy to Stick with your New Year’s Resolutions!

Guest post from

Whether you are hoping to lose weight to spend more time with your family, a New Year’s resolution won’t work unless you have a plan. For most of us we say “I want to stop eating fast food” (that’s one of mine) or “I want to read more” (another one of mine) but if I don’t plan it out, I will not succeed. So when you jot down your New Year’s resolutions for 2013, you also need to write down a plan for each of them.

According to, there are things you can do to keep focus on your New Year’s resolutions:

1. Try to start slow, one resolution at a time
2. Try to be clear about what you want
3. Chalk out a plan — organize your thoughts and stick to the plan
4. Don’t wait to start planning on New Year’s only — plan now!
5. Learn from the past, and try to avoid making the same mistakes
6. Be positive about your resolution — a positive attitude is a great motivator

Here’s another great motivation — tell your friends and family about your New Year’s resolution. Having support from the people close to you will help you succeed. And when you do, be sure to share the celebration with others. This is a good time to toot your own horn. Especially if you conquer something really hard like losing weight or quitting smoking.

And if you are wondering, here are the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

Hopefully this is the year that you are able to overcome the resolutions that plaques you every year! Good luck!

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Please share your resolutions with us. Comment below and maybe we can help you stay on track!


Dec 282012

Lone Star Circus - Cirque Banquiste

Cirque Banquiste! : Fun for the Whole Family

by Mina Frannea

Our family caught the opening night performance of Cirque Banquiste! last night. We saw the show last year and loved it so we were eagerly anticipating this year’s production — we weren’t disappointed! Directed by Fanny Kerwich, founder of Lone Star Circus, Cirque Banquiste! creatively combines the excitement of thrilling circus acts that will keep you on the edge of your seat with humorous skits that will make you giggle and laugh out loud.

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Dec 272012

after  Christmas to do list

After Christmas ToDo List

For weeks the holiday season builds to a fever pitch, culminating in a massive day of giving, feasting and, hopefully, relaxing. After Christmas has come and gone, many of us feel a need to fill the void that was once occupied by festive music and twinkling lights.

With the National Retail Federation projecting average holiday spending at $749.51 per person, many of us will need to be cost-conscious about our post-holiday plans. If you’re already feeling the strain, you can learn a thing or two from fellow frugal consumers who know how to maximize the post-Christmas time.

Here are several things I recommend doing right after Christmas.

1. Self-Gift
Thanks to a constant bombardment of commercials and special sales, it’s hard to resist the temptation to self-gift. However, jumping the gun can leave you with duplicate presents you don’t have the ability to return. You can always keep them around to re-gift next year, but a better option is to wait until after Christmas to buy for yourself. You never know what will show up under the tree, keeping more cash in your pocket. Continue reading »

Dec 212012

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

By Mina Frannea

Every time we drive by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, I’m intrigued by the design and the building’s textured look. Coupled with the cool looking enclosed escalator on the outside of the building, the overall effect is really interesting and unusual.

We recently got a chance to visit the Perot. Up close, the building is an architectural treat!

There is so much to see and do at the Perot. Multi-level exhibits offer a chance to learn about animals, our planet, our bodies, technology, science, engineering and so much more. Those of you who visited the old Museum of Nature and Science may recall that it was split into two buildings. The new museum combines everything into one building that is convenient and easy to navigate. There’s also a children’s museum on the lower level for little ones.

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Dec 202012

Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer Craft

Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer Craft

Here’s a guest post from our friends at for a fun reindeer craft. I can totally see my twins enjoying this cute project! KidsActiviesBlog has a bunch of other fun craft projects for the whole family to enjoy.

Materials Needed:

  • toilet paper rolls
  • eyes
  • scrap paper for collars
  • pipe cleaners
  • glue
  • item for a red nose
  • marker for a mouth
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Dec 192012

Oz The Great and Powerful coming March 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful comes out March 2013. Can’t go wrong with Sam Raimi as the director and James Franco as one of the cast!

This version focuses on how Oz comes to be:

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Sounds like it’ll be a good one to catch!



Dec 182012

Holding hands

The Little Things that Maintain a Healthy Relationship

Being a good husband isn’t rocket science; it’s doing simple, small things everyday to show your spouse how much you care. Being a great husband is all about respect. Here are some simple ways you can be a better husband and maintain a healthy relationship with your spouse.

Put Her Loofah on Top

I recently read a story online of a new wife who realized that every time she showered, her loofah was on top of her husbands and thus within easy reach. It turned out her husband made an effort every time he got finished showering to leave the shower ready for her to use. Now, you may not use loofahs or use the same hook in the shower to hang them on, but the idea can be applied to so many things in life. It only takes an extra second or two to make someone feel valued and special and that can make all the difference in their day.


Silence or an abrupt tone of voice can be interpreted as indifference, anger or frustration. Make an effort to communicate with your spouse and let her know what’s on your mind. When she asks about your day, take the time to talk about it and respond to other questions in the same way. If you need to vent, make that clear so she doesn’t feel that your frustration is directed to her and you don’t get advice you haven’t asked for. Most importantly, be a good listener so that you don’t miss that slight hesitation or awkward tone that lets you know if she’s not comfortable with something. Chances are, she doesn’t want to rock the boat, but if you ignore these little signs, resentment can build, creating an emotional distance. Communication allows you and your partner to gain a better understanding of one another. Sharing information builds trust and strengthens your relationship; it also brings you closer together.

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