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Wednesday, November 19

Aztecs & Edemame!

 Yvette asked me the other day why I was wearing the same lipstick the other day when I picked her up from school. She's been asking a lot of big girl questions, heck, they were teenage questions. She turned 10 in August. So we had a good talk as we drove home.

I thought I'd share a list of my favorites with ya'll..... FALL FAVORITES!
  • Socks! Yes, socks. I am loving socks this fall because it feels like it's a lot colder in south Texas this year.
  • Aztec! I don't know why but I am loving everything with aztec designs latley. I did some nail art (maroon and gold) and showed it on Instagram. I bought a tee and some pants this month that have an aztec design. Don't you just love this nail art from Copythat?! --->
  • Dry Shampoo! I don't use it that often but, when I'm in a rush I reach for it instantly. I have been using the Tresseme brand. I used the Suave for a while, but I didn't like it, it left too much "grey" YUCK!
  • Edemame! I could eat that stuff all day. Have you ever tried it? It's yummy and a great dish with steak and potatoes or stir-fry and rice. We buy ours from Costco, super affordable!

So, those are my favorites for the past few months. What have your favorites been? I'll be uploading a video on you Youtube channel with my favorite make-up items for last month as well. Be sure to subscribe so you can see when it goes live!

I'm linking up with Mama Kat, head on over to see what everyone else has to say this week on Writer's Workshop! And yes, I know I'm a week behind, but I've had this on draft more for the pat two weeks! So, deal with it!!

Monday, November 17

A Look Back: Fall 2014

So this October I tackled Pintober, Halloween, Harvest season started and we had so much fun. So many adventures. Thought I'd share some photos with ya'll.

Friday, October 31

Change the Wolrd Wednesday: Comfort Zone

Change The World Wednesday on Reduce Footprints

Aplogies for being late.... it's now Friday, lol. With all the school functions and decorating fun we did this week, I totally forgot about blogging in general :) I hope ya'll have a great holiday weekend and I kinda like Halloween because people are a bit more green than they normally are. Everyone is walking (i dislike the families that just jump in the back of the truck and stop at every house), and some parents make their childrens costumes and such, so yeah.

How did last weeks challenge go? You can check out Reduce Footprints blog for a recap and follow me on Instagram, I'll post a pic of my straw pouch that I made and we only went out to eat once this week for a quick lunch and used it :)

Oh and I also got word from a friend that November is "No Plastic November!" So no plastic bags are to be used while shopping. One local city has a plastic bag ban and another is voting on it soon. I just ordered some more reusable straws and a grocery cart bag, and super excited cus it was only $7.99! I also got a 4-pk of reusable straws (with a cleaner) for only $2!! SCORE!

Moving on.... this weeks challenge, it's a DOZI for most of us.... COMFORT ZONES! Keep reading to see what we will be doing this weekend (yes, only a weekend, lol)


This Week's Challenge:

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Comfort Zones
Are you comfortable
with green living ideas?
When it comes to green living, we all have our comfort zones. And that's fine because every effort that we make contributes to a better world.

But sometimes, stepping out of our comfort zone helps us learn something new ... it pushes us to reach new environmental heights.

Here's your challenge ...

This week, step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Need some ideas?
  • Turn off your heat or A/C for a day.
  • Experience life without a refrigerator for a day (or a week) by refusing to open/use yours.
  • Turn off the computer for a day.
  • Go grocery shopping and only buy organic.
  • Skip taking a bath for at least one more day than you normally would.
  • Eat raw, vegan food for day or longer.
The idea, this week, is to force ourselves out of our comfort zones and try something which we've hesitated to try in the past. Who knows, it could open us up to a whole new world.
Are you ready to change the world? I know that you are!

Until next time ...



My comfort zone.... 

 I hate the heat!! I got that from my father. A/C turned all the way up, drinks with lots of ice and no sweating! It's against the rules.... so this weekend (yes, only the weekend) we will turn off our A/C! And let me remind ya'll that we live in deep south Texas, where we only have like one week of winter, lol. Today we had the homecoming parade and it was like 90, so yeah. This is going to def be a challenge. 
Wish us luck! 

What are you too comfortable with? Laptop? Comfort food? Being clean? Try going with out for a day, weekend or a whole week. My husband i excited to see how big of an impact it has on our electric bill. I'll share the results next month and maybe i'll share on my Youtube Channel, so be sure to subscribe.


Wednesday, October 22

#CTWW: Challenge Accepted!

Change The World Wednesday on Reduce Footprints

Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)!

A few years, yes, years ago... I was participating in #CTWW, Change the World Wednesday, and wanted to share what it's all about. We truly can change the world. It annoys me when someone says, "We can't do it alone," or "the small things don't make a difference." Well, they do! I'll stop chattering and let you read what it's all about, and be sure to take a visit and leave a comment over on Reduce Footprints

And scroll to the bottom to see this weeks challenge and join in!


Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!

If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far.

This post contains great information and I encourage you to read through it at your leisure ... however, if you are short on time, you might find the following quick links helpful:


This Week's Challenge:

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Small Things
Straws = A lot of waste
Last week we saw how a small thing can make a difference.

So how many more little actions could we take to live greener?

That's the question ... and the challenge. Here you go ...

This week, search your life for a small difference you can make. Need some ideas? Try these:

  • Don't use a disposable straw ... either drink directly from a glass or use a reusable straw.
  • Use one less square of toilet paper per visit. Some CTWW participants use no more than 6 squares ... can you do better?
  • Turn off a light, or appliance, which you normally leave on.
  • Add a living plant to your home and improve air quality.
  • Go meatless for at least one day this week.
  • If you're used to taking baths, take a shower instead. And if you're used to showers, reduce the duration of yours by at least one minute.
The idea, this week, is to dig real deep and do one more small thing which you're not already doing ... or to amp up something which you are doing (like eat vegan if you're already eating vegetarian).

Are you ready to search out the small things? I know that you are!

Until next time ...



So this week, I'm going to create a pouch to keep with me and store a fork, spoon, knife and straw in. We don't eat out much, but when we do, I'll be prepared. Follow me on Instagram for progress picks! I found some fabric scraps in my garage and got some cute design ones at a garage sale a few weeks ago :)

Monday, October 20

Menu Plan Monday: Frozen to Homemade

Last week food was delicious.... PINTOBER was all about recipes last week. Besides those, we also had fried okra, shrimp gumbo and garlic mashed potatoes. The weekend was amazing! Hopefully have a weekend vlog up soon. We visited out local farm for a tour and next weekend we're going to go to another one! The girls had a blast. Check out my Instagram for some other fun trips! On to the menu...

This weeks shopping list: onion and tomato

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Oatmeal, Cereal, Biscuits and peanut butter
Lunch: Sandwiches, Cucumber Salad, Tuna Salad, Hard boiled eggs, leftovers

Monday: Frozen Pizza Night

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wedneday: Chicken Cordon Blue Pasta

Thurday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Friday: Homemade Empanadas

Check out for more ideas! Click here for her Menu Plan Monday post for ideas and yummy recipes! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest (recipes) and Instagram for pics of the recipes!

Friday, October 17

World Food Day Festivities in the #RGV!

World Food day was yesterday! I sooo miss the Pharrmers Market! Doesn't open up till November. It would have been awesome to support the Pharrmers market on World Food Day. Instead I just had farm fresh meals (actually all week). We visited the Harlingen Farmers Market last Saturday, which was actually the first day of the season and we got RAINED on!! But I hear almost everything sold out within 20 minutes! We went in and out fast. I didn't post my
menu plan this week, so here it is.... farm inspired! At the market I bought some radishes, kale, okra, family of plantains and salad mix!

Sunday: Made some Chocolate Cherry Banana Muffins (ohhh so good)
Monday: Fresh salad with radishes and Mushroom Kale Stir-Fry!
Tuesday: Tandori Bacon/Muhroom topped with radishes and kale chips
Wednesday: One Pot Meal (Zucchini n Mushroom pasta), again, with Fresh salad with radishes
Thursday: Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo (made with okra)
Friday: Leftover night :)

So back to WFD. This years theme was Family Farming! Something that I have wanted to jump into for years. We've been working on our compost and weeds in our back yard. Just can't you have a backyard garden full of food doesn't mean you can't still have farm fresh foods!

Farmers markets!! Where ever you are in the valley you can find a market near you. (Weslaco & Pharr is yet to start their season). So please, save and share this photo with family and friends. You can go over to my GMO-Free RGV page to like and share :)

Last year for World Food Day we participated in March Against Monanto in McAllen, Texas. But this year was just too busy for this mom of three and there was no help for me. I feel so bad for not hosting this year but so much awareness has been made and we can't quit now. It's great to see and hear about people choosing local, organic produce and local grocery stores now carrying more GMO-Free options. If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about pleaes google "GMO's" or check out facebook pages like Moms Across America or March Against Monsanto and if you are local, GMO-Free RGV! since there is no official event for World Food Day, i'm asking everyone to consider attending and supporting the events below:

H.O.P.E. for Small Farm Sustainability
Join Friends of the Farm on Nov. 13, Thurs. 6-8:30 for our first annual Sip n Savor! This event supports HOPE for Small Farming Sustainability. If you have loved the HOPE Harvest Dinners this is for you! Appetizers prepared by Chef Larry Delgado of House Wine and SALT - New American Table, Stefania Trimboli-Wright of Rio Grande Grill, Brent Shriver from Austin, Dustin Stair, Joel Brotzman-Gonzales and other Valley chefs along with Texas beer and wine will delight you. Join us at The HOPE farm,19833 Morris Rd., Harlingen for an evening of great food fun and community. Tickets are limited. $50 a person. Contact Kate McSwain at 956-9708344 for reservations or questions.

Harlingen Farmers Market

Grow'n Growers, year round market, from 9:30-12:30,  Sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extention Service, not GMO-Free or all Organic, but grown locally and without harmful chemical.

Fall Garden Festival and Free Gardening Workshops
The Hidalgo County Master Gardeners will hold their Fall Garden Festival with gardening workshops at their Educational Garden located in North San Juan Park on Saturday, October 18, 2014. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. and will feature free workshops for families. They will also have a plant sale during this event. Topics to be covered in the workshops include a hands-on presentation on “Plant Propagation;” a program focusing on “How to Make a Square Foot Garden;” “Composting,” “Preventing Citrus Greening Disease;” a Demonstration on “Rainwater Harvesting” and a presentation on “Fall Vegetable Gardening.” Call (956) 383-1026 for more information.

The Market at McAllen, Open year round from 10am-1pm. Only market that I know of that accepts EBT as payment

Brownsville Farmers Market, Every Saturday (not sure if it's year round) from 9am-Noon.
There is also the Brownsville Wellness Coalition which is doing an awesome job raising awareness and starting community gardens, classes and other events! If you are in the lower valley I would def go check it out!

Open Farm Day, hosted by Yahweh's All Natural Farm & Garden, Saturday, Oct 25th at 10am!

Farm Tour at Terra Preta Family Farm, Saturday, Oct 18th at 9am!

Tenaza Organics, They have their CSA to get ready for. Speaking of CSA's check out the list below:

CSA's in the RGV:

What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture. That means that you, as a community are helping the farm stay alive and in return you get to eat from they bounty!

Tenaza Organics, Yahweh's All Natural Farm and Terra Preta Family Farms all have a CSA available and are all starting to plant for the new season, meaning you still have time to sign up. Visit each page, links above for more information, but the average is about $25/week. 


If you have any event to share, please contact me on my facebook page. So I can share it ASAP! I hope ya'll have a great weekend and see you supporting and thanking your local farmers!

Thursday, October 9

Thursday Night Special: Tower Burger Co.


Who loves family-owned  restaurants?! I do! A few friends sent me invites to like this Facebook page, Tower Burger Co. and the next day, we got hungry! lol We love burgers and since our local burger place is only open for lunch, we loved that this place is open until 11pm, great for late night snacking.

Can we just skip the review and just make a lunch date! Seriously, the meat is seasoned, which is one of my pet peeves, under-seasoned food, period!

So, it was Sunday afternoon and we had already woken up late. I gave the girls a bowl of cereal and we started getting ready for church. I had some laundry to get done and then we left and were still running late, so we decided to travel to the next town over to go for Sunday service at 3pm. We had a few hours to spare, so I mentioned lunch. We were driving down Bus 83 and remember that Tower Burgers was on Bus 83. I wasn't sure where it was located, but as soon as we hit Tower Rd., hubby was like, duh! lol 

The sun was beating down that afternoon and as soon as we walked into Tower Burgers you can see the awesome sky-light! Isn't that cool. I don't think I've ever seen a eatery with a sky-light.

We walked up to the counter to order and there was a easy-to-read and everything looked so good. We were talking about options with the cashier. He said there is a grain and salmon burger and hopefully a veggie, turkey and black-bean will be available soon. I just love healthy options. We visited with my mom, three girls and my husband and I, it was almost $50! I say that is reasonable for the delicious food, drinks and amazing service, almost too good! On to the food!

 Fries! Perfectly seasoned! I'm not a big fry person, but my husband is.... take his word for it, he loves them! Bacon, Cheese Burger, OMG! Cheese melted, bacon crispy and onions thinly sliced! And the bun, I think I remember reading on their FB page that it's a butter roll or something. So good! And look at presentation, on a mini cookie sheet, how cool is that. And yeah, there is no dressing, you can add your own. My own complaint was that by the time I was finishing my burger the bread gets all gooey, some people like that. I'm not one of those people, so I just take out the meat and leave out the bread :-)

 Kid options! Yvette, my oldest had a burger, she devoured it and Eliada and Annaleah had a grilled cheese, look at that oozing out. They were greatful enough to also provide a side of tomato for the girls too.

Love how the front end is set up, and as you can see, the Sweet Tea is a big hit. I forgot to ask what type of tea, but it is brewed every morning. Hubby said it tastes like black tea. Below is a view of the back of the house and the cute young waiter we had. He worked so hard the whole time we were there. It's funny cus we usually don't leave a tip at a burger joint, but this waiter was very polite and prompt. When we were leaving I was handing him a tip and he said that there is a tip jar up front and they split the tips at the end of the night. That is so honest of him. Check out the pictures below.....

My thoughts about Tower Burger Co? My new fav burger place, for sure! And it's actually not far from where we live, which is a plus. Also love the hours and excited to see if they add the extra healthy options. Price is mid-range for our area. Most of the burgers were about $8. Yeah, it's like more expensive, but it's not McDonalds! Service was phenomenal. Can ya'll see that bag?! Woowhoo for being green! It says "Reusable & Recyclable"

This restaurant actually opened last month, I wish them the best of luck and so happy that the mid-valley is getting more family-owned restaurant that we can support! Visit their Facebook page and Instagram for pics and more info. If you visit, feel free to mention you saw it on The Mami Blog!

Tower Burger Co.
505 E Business Highway 83
Alamo, Texas

Today 11:00am - 11:00pm
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