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Win Tickets to the 35th Annual Houston Auto Show - Sponsored

It’s no secret that I love the Houston Auto Show.  The Houston Auto Show is 800,000 square feet of no-pressure auto showroom featuring more than 30 different manufacturer’s newest models.  And let me tell you, IT IS AWESOME!!!  I’m not in the market for a new car, but after Hurricane Harvey, lots of people in Houston are, and an autoshow is the perfect place to browse tons of cars (without the pressure of salespeople) as well as take a few of them on a test drive (that’s the fun part)!  I know I make decisions better when I'm not under pressure, and an autoshow is just about as pressure-free a place to compare and contrast hundreds of different vehicles.  Even if you're not in the market for a new vehicle, an autoshow is still super fun!  The Camp Jeep off road experience is one of my personal highlights (check out this video from 2016 ).Plus, they've got a huge section of beautiful vintage cars (but please don't get any drool on the cars).  And even if I'm not in the market for a new car, I do love test driving all the different available models!  I’ve been lucky enough to attend the last two years - and let  me tell you, it's one of my absolute favorite events in Houston!!!

I’m teaming up with A Girl’s Guide to Cars (formerly She Buys Cars) to give away some tickets and a $100 gift card (this is a sponsored post, yo)!  Ten lucky people will win a pair of tickets to the show, and one lucky winner will also win a $100 gift card!!!

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Contest rules:
Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight January 23, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents and subject to the laws of Texas. Winners will be notified by email by January 24, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the Houston Auto Show, NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054, between January 24, 2018 and January 28, 2018. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $24 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $124. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.

This year’s show runs January 24 - 28 at NRG center in NRG Park.  Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 years old.

Wednesday - Friday noon-9:30pm
Saturday 10am - 9:30pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm

Get your tickets here!

Tell me in the comments - what's your dream car???

My Freeloader Experience

One of the things I really miss about Jack getting bigger is not being able to wear him in a wrap or carrier when out and about.  I really enjoyed the ease of navigating life without having to push a stroller around or worrying about a curious toddler wondering off.  I was super delighted when I found out about the Freeloader Child Carrier - it’s specially designed for bigger kids (25-80 pounds) and perfect for daily use and especially useful when on vacation or urban exploring.  I was lucky enough to receive a Freeloader to test out in exchange for an honest review on the product (this is a sponsored post, yo!) and let me tell you, this carrier is amazing!!!

In all honesty, Dennis has carried Jack around in the Freeloader much more than I have - we took a weekend trip to Nashville right after our Freeloader arrived and it was so much easier to walk around the city at our adult stride than it would’ve been at Jack’s shorter, slower stride.  Plus, Jack still wants to be carried all-the-time, and it’s much easier to just strap him to our backs than it is to carry him in our arms, both in terms of how tired it makes us and how much easier it is to have our hands free for, well, anything else.

The Freeloader’s construction is brilliant - it’s basically a high-tech backpack with a fold down seat for a kiddo on the back along with all kinds of safety and support straps.  It has a zippered compartment if you need to put something small and not bulky in it and it has fanny pack like pouches on either size for wallet or cell phone sized items, so there’s really no need to carry an additional bag along with the Freeloader.  The seat also folds up and out of the way, so if your kiddo wants to get down and walk, the seat isn’t sticking out, waiting to run into things/people.  The design is really well thought out.

Jack seemed to enjoy riding around on Den’s back, and he even pretended to carry Den around later, lol.  He didn’t want to get out and walk much (thankfully), but even when he did, the Freeloader isn’t very heavy on it’s own.  Jack liked directing Dennis where to go and kept saying, “Giddy up, Daddy!!!”  I also think he enjoyed seeing the sights from a higher vantage point and was in the perfect position to hold hands with my Mom.

Overall, we have had a great experience so far with our Freeloader.  It made our trip much easier and enjoyable.  The carrier is comfortable for both me and Dennis and for Jack to ride on.  THe construction is well thought out and very sturdy, and I like the company (and you know I like to support good companies).  Jack is pretty lightweight for his age, so I’m sure we’ll get years and years of use out of this carrier.  If you want to order your own Freeloader, click here.  They come in three different colors and are sized to fit the wearer, so make sure you take your measurements before ordering.

Freeloader Child Carrier - Sponsored

One of my favorite things in the world was carrying Jack around in a baby wrap when he was small enough.  Wearing Jack was so much easier than pushing him around in a stroller (which he hated anyway).  I was able to keep him snug and close to me while still having my hands free with the added bonus of not having to navigate places with a bulky stroller.  Which is why I am super stoked to find out about the Freeloader Child Carrier!  Jack still loves to be carried, but let's be honest here, he's getting big and it's difficult to carry him for very long not to mention the loss of one or both arms in order to carry him.  Enter the Freeloader!!!

The Freeloader the first child carrier specifically for toddlers and I can't wait to give it a try!  It's a compact and lightweight way to carry your kid that's a little too big for the usual carrier or wrap.  The backpack like unit has a seat that folds down and straps to go over your little's shoulders to keep them from falling.  The backpack design has padded shoulders and a waist belt to evenly distribute your kiddo's weight (i.e. you're not carrying them only on your shoulders - ouch!).

The Freeloader is perfect for travel, hiking, trips to the zoo or museum, or just about any place you and your toddler go.  There are also zippered compartments and pockets so you can carry your phone, keys, wallet, and any other essentials without the need for an additional bag.  The designers of the Freeloader have thought of everything!  If you want to learn more about the Freeloader, check them out on Facebook or go directly to their website!

P.S.  This is a sponsored post - I'm receiving a Freeloader for testing purposed, so check back soon for our take on using one!

Vintage Ocean Print Pin-Up Dress from SammyDress

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Ya'll, I am so obsessed with the clothing site, SammyDress.  Have you heard of it?  You've probably seen ads for them on Facebook (that's how I found them) and wondered if it's actually worth it to order clothes for that cheap online.  And let me tell you, IT IS!!!  I've placed a handful of orders (or rather, my Grandma has ordered stuff for me for Christmas) and everything I've gotten has been good quality and has fit.

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My latest purchase from SammyDress is this gorgeous Vintage Ocean Print Pin-Up Dress {affiliate}.  I wore this dress to my BIL's wedding this past weekend, and got so many compliments.  The wedding was down in Clear Lake on Galveston Bay and as soon as I saw this dress, I knew it would be perfect to wear to an oceanfront wedding.

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I've always loved vintage dresses, but finding them for an affordable price is damn near impossible and I'm a girl on a budget.  This beauty put me out a whopping $20 plus shipping.  The affordable price is what initially convinced me to order from SammyDress years ago - I figured if the item didn't fit, or was just a cheap piece of crap, I wouldn't be out that much money.  This is my first vintage style dress from SammyDress and I will definitely be ordering more vintage dresses.  The fabric is a cotton blend with a little bit of a stretch to it, so it was easy to move and dance in.  The one downside to the fabric is that it wrinkles really easily, so I'll have to iron the dress every time I wear it.

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Have you ever taken a chance on cheap clothes online?  How did it turn out for you?  Any recommendations for cheap clothes online?  Tell me about it in the comments!!!

Houston Auto Show - Sponsored

The Houston Auto Show is this weekend at NRG Center, and despite what you might think, car shows aren't just for gearheads.  I was lucky enough to go to last year's auto show and was invited back this year by She Buys Cars.  One thing I learned last year is that auto shows are a must see event for anyone who drives a car.  I even found my dream car there last year, and though a lucky turn of events, was actually able to buy my dream car last year.  So if you drive a car, ride in a car, are planning on buying a car, or have ever seen a car, head on over to the NRG Center and behold the offerings of this year's Houston Auto Show!  Get your tickets here!

April 5-9, 2017
Wednesday-Friday:   Noon - 9pm
Saturday:  10am - 9:30pm
Sunday:  10am - 7pm
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