ValoraLife Building #FamilyMoments for Tomorrow

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I have been pondering a lot about life lately. The value of the things we do while we are alive, and the security we bring to our family. I recently heard, “We are remembered for the things we do for others, not the things we do for ourselves”

I was a single mother for some time, and being my son’s only provider always worried me. Motherhood means providing for our families and their future and enjoying time together. The moments we spend with family are the most valuable part of life. Now, remarried, the future of my family is something I take very seriously.

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Valuable time with our loved ones is not just time spend with our family, but the time we spend actually engaged in activities together. It is not the same to say we watch a movie together if each one of us is glued to their phones while the movie plays in the background.

Valuable time is making memories to remember. This is why that when ValoraLife contacted me, I immediately fell in love with their #familymoments campaign.

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ValoraLife, in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, is providing a significant discount to create your own family moments.

Enjoy an $8 admission to the Museum! that’s savings of up to $17 off regular admission!
All you have to do is present the code (click the link below) at the ticket counter and… ta-da, discount applied!

DISCOUNT CODE HERE! 

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Who is ValoraLife?

ValoraLife is a new simple and affordable way to buy Life Insurance online. It allows users to receive an online quote in 5 minutes and apply for a life insurance policy online in less than 30 minutes! Which I don’t know you, but I love, because I hate being on the phone for hours talking to a stranger trying to get a quote.

It is a service made with millennials in mind. Latino insights inspired ValoraLife, designed to make it easy to understand Life Insurance, assess the options that fit your budget, and purchase coverage online – with help available if you need it. However, it is worth mentioning ValoraLife is not just for Latinos. It is for anyone like you or me, looking for a way to protect the future of their families once we are gone.
Now take out your phone, take some selfies, and go tag @valoraLife to share your #FamilyMoments, just like I did!.

* To be eligible you must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident (green card holder), reside in the U.S., and be between 18 and 44 years old, have a U.S. bank account and a valid driver’s license.

Jihane


ValoraLife Insurance Services is a division of Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC.

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Bolthouse Farms 1915 Cold-Press Juices: Absolutely Natural Deliciousness

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You guys now I am always on the look out for healthy, natural ,and organic food and beverages. So I was so excited when Bolthouse Farms 1915 Cold-Pressed Juices and Organic, Non-Dairy Protein Beverages contacted me to taste all of their delicious juices and non-dairy protein beverages.

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With no more than 6 ingredients per juice bottle, each juice contains a balance of colorful, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and will be available nationwide, and they taste delicious! Yes! they do! I usually make my own juices and smoothies because store bought juices taste either too sweet or too “plastic”. Not the case with the Bolthouse Farms 1915 Juices.

My 10-year-old approved  especially of the Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mango, Lemon and Avocado juice. Super smooth, refreshing and with just the right amount of sweetness.

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Another favorite of ours was the Orange, Carrot, Pineapple, Apple and Lime juice. Perfect complement for these extremely hot Texas summer days. And quite fitting may I say as Bolthouse Farm origins came from carrot farmers.

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We are carrot farmers: it’s how we began. We take that knowledge and use it to ensure the ingredients we grow and select are done right from the very beginning.

The protein beverages were extremely good. Not an easy task  when it comes to non-dairy protein drinks.  The drinks have no more than 10 ingredients per bottle and contain 12 grams of protein.

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These beverages (both juice and protein) are perfect for consumers who are looking for transparent labels as the ingredients are listed right on the front of the bottle!

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The juices are perfect for healthier summer indulgences. You can also combine them to make your own delicious creations. If you want to add ice I recommend you  make some coconut water ice cubes. Refreshing, nutritious and delicious!

You can also create healthy popsicle by freezing the juices in molds.  Or if you are feeling cheeky you can transform the juices into bright and light summer cocktails (just keep away from little hands lol). Possibilities are endless!

Trust me these taste like no other, just as good as making your own.

xoxo

Jihane


For more info you can visit http://www.1915organic.com

Personalizing Moments with HeidiJHale Say It On A Ring™

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How many times have you been looking for a special gift to mark a date, to celebrate a moment or special someone in your life? I know I have! What if I told you, you can actually have gorgeous personalized jewelry made just for you?

HeidiJHale has the answer for you. HeidiJHale makes unique jewelry designed to be unforgettable.

Every piece of jewelry we offer is designed and handcrafted by our skilled metalsmiths and local artisans in downtown Muncie, Indiana. Because everything we sell is something we’ve created, we are proud to know that all HeidiJHale jewelry is unique and of the highest quality.

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HeidiJHale offers unique handmade jewelry, crafted in the USA with high quality materials and natural stones sourced from all over the world. Their designs make the perfect gift for family occasions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and much more.

I received a set of the Say It On a Ring. The rings are sturdy and strong, yet they look delicate and feminine. They are also versatile as they can be worn for a casual afternoon at the park, or for a work meeting.

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They have a variety of rings and necklaces to fit all styles and budgets. And they cater for both male and females! HeidiJHale jewelry for men is very unique, including but not limited to cuffs and cufflinks.

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Make sure you visit them and see for yourself! I am sure you will be able to find something that will help you say “I love you” In a unique, personalized and cute way.

xoxo

Jihane


Side note: sometimes it is so hard for me as a British person who learnt ( learned) English in England to spell the American way. Some say just to spell words the way I learnt (learned) others (including my PR professor at University) say we must write for the country in which we reside. So after writing this entire post spelling personalised with S, I had a change of mind and changed all the S’s for Z’s lol. Why can’t we just all agree to spell it one way? Anyway people of America, personalize and personalise are both correct.

Brick Fiesta: July 9-10 in Houston + Ticket GIVEAWAY

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As you might well know (or not, not knowing is ok too) my son and I are crazy for Legos. Legos have been ruling this household since my son was about 5 years old (and he will be 11 soon) A few years ago I made his passion mine and I combined the Lego world with my camera giving birth to another dimension of fun-tastic proportions Lego Photography 

Since then we have attended a few Lego inspired events and we even visited Legoland Florida last year. So obviously as soon as I found out Brick Fiesta was coming to Houston I jumped on the wagon and gave them a call!

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Brick Fiesta is a non-profit, fan-run, family friendly annual convention celebrating the love for everything LEGO®!  Brick Fiesta moves each year, among 4 major Texas cities, and this year Brick Fiesta 2016 will be celebrating LEGO on July 7 – 10, 2016 at The Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas

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Rare 1980’s monorail and space center will be on display at Brick Fiesta!

 

Brick Fiesta is a non-profit convention / exhibition run completely by volunteers from TexLUG (Texas Lego Users Group) who are enthusiastic about sharing their creations with the public.  Parking is free, and it is indoors away from the Texas heat, you won’t find a better bargain for family entertainment!

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Buc-ee’s creation is a must see! complete with Lego restrooms, and parking lot!

I had the chance to preview a few of the amazingly crafted creations that will be at the exhibition while attending a special event Brick Fiesta celebrated at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Yes, last Friday Brick Fiesta brought some of the Lego magic to the hospital for hundreds of kids to enjoy some of this awesome brick world.

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This is a must see for all Lego Fans!

At the 2 day Public Exhibition fans of all ages can:

  • View hundreds of unique, custom-built LEGO creations on display
  • Shop vendors selling a wide variety of current, retired, and custom LEGO sets, parts, and minifigs
  • Meet and talk with the model builders
  • Join in at the hands-on build and play area
  • Bring your camera – photography is encouraged!

Tickets are on sale right now. Space is limited so it is strongly recommended you purchase your tickets prior to going to the event.

Exhibition Hours:

  • Saturday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Sunday, July 10, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*

*Entry to Exhibition Hall ends one hour prior to closing.

*Strollers are not permitted in the Exhibition Hall

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Brick Fiesta and OnixJ have partnered to bring you one 2- Day Family Membership to Brick Fiesta.

The family membership allows 4 individuals to enter at 1 time (can’t be separated)
Children 3 & under are free.
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To Heaven and Back in one Spoonful: Barney Almond Butter

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Today I bring you one of those little gems that one finds while wondering about. I came across Barney Butter and OH MY… live won’t ever be the same.

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There are many forms and brands of nut butter out there, but never have I encountered one packed with so much deliciousness. I came across Barney by accident at my local supermarket one day. They only had the little sachets and I needed a practical and ready to go nut butter for my son’s lunchbox so I purchased two little sachets. I was surprised by how non-oily and smooth they were so I contacted, I wanted to know (and taste) more!

We have a nutty love story that involves a random introduction in sunny southern California, a shared passion and dream for “making something positive for the world”, and a splash of serendipitous circumstances that led us to Fresno, and a little almond butter company trying to get off the ground.  We’ve been spreading the love about Barney Butter ever since.

We are BARNEY. Thank you for being a part of our almond evolution.

Dawn Kelley, President & CEO

I received a jar of their outrageously tasty Almond Butter with Cocoa + Coconut. I was looking for a healthy alternative to Nutella, and I found it! Made with the perfect blend of Barney Bare Smooth, chocolate (allergen free, Enjoy Life®) and coconut oil, this blend will remind you of a certain candy bar with coconut, almonds, and chocolate.

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I love it! I simply love it! On its own, on toast, with fruit! This is the perfect snack! It is also peanut free, gluten free and non-GMO. It is smooth, with a delicate coconut flavour (nothing overpowering) and it doesn’t accumulate oil on the top like many other nut butter I’ve tried before.

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Ingredients: Blanched Roasted Almonds, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips**, Palm Fruit Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Natural Coconut Flavor

All of our almonds are California born and California bred, and our almond butters are made right here in sunny California, surrounded by the beautiful almond trees on our Farmer’s ranch.

They also have other delicious flavours which include the traditional simple but practical plain almond butter ( both crunchy and smooth) to the adventurous Almond with honey and flax and their raw almond butter.

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Give it a go! you won’t regret it.


What is your favourite nut butter companion? Fruit? bread? or just on its own?

 

xoxo

Jihane

Comicpalooza::More than Just a Comic Con

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This past weekend – June 17th to June 19th – Houston housed one of the coolest events I ever had the pleasure to cover. Comicpalooza! Texas largest comic con and pop culture event.

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The event brings out the inner eclectic, nerdy, awesome and weird in each and every one of its attendants! Comicpaloza is a true display of magic and wonder, acceptance, and diversity. It also represents an opportunity for many talented independent artists in and around Houston to display and sell their artwork.

An array of illustrations, hand-made jewelry, clothing, paintings, and toys made their way into the hearts and houses of supporting and excited customers during the whole three days the convention lasted.

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Discussion panels and workshops are also an important part of the convention. Aspiring writers, artists, podcasters, filmmakers and enthusiasts had a chance to get up close and personal with professionals and celebrities. I had the chance to attend to the Steampunk 101 workshop in which I learned how to make my very own steampunk inspired clothing in full victorian style. Hey! It might come in handy! Other panels included: Photography Basics, Story Telling and Creative Writing, Character & Creature Design, and Independent Film Making among others.

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Then of course cosplay is a fundamental part of the convention. Thousands of people spend hours preparing for the grand event. Their costumes come in all forms, sizes, budgets, and shapes.

It really doesn’t matter how old or how young you are. The effort put in every one of the costumes is mesmerizing. People are also in full character, it is more than just dressing up, it’s being that character completely and down to the core.

And then, you have the non-profits. Yes! amazing non-profits take the stage at Comicpalooza. One of these fantastic and uber cool non-profits is the 501st Legion Charity.  These guys are dedicated StarWars fans bringing joy to everyone who comes near them!

While the 501st was initially founded to unite costumers with a penchant for Star Wars villainy, one of our real-world missions is to bring good to our communities through volunteer charity work. The 501st is always looking for opportunities to brighten the lives of the less fortunate and to bring awareness to positive causes on both a local and global scale.

Whoa speaking of Starwars! Biggest collection of custom made lightsabers imaginable with the guys at Ultra Sabers Check them out below or visit their webpage for a coplete description of their products and availability.

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Overall Comicpalooza is fun for the whole family. The event is a must see! wether you are into the celebrities that attend or into the magic of the cosplays, there is something here for everyone to enjoy! Speaking of celebs, many recognized celebrities were at Comicpalooza this year spending some time with their fans! Among the must recognized we had Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead & The Boondock Saints) Kate Beckinsale (Underworld films) Lou Ferrigno (title character of the hit ’70s TV show The Incredible Hulk) Sigourney Weaver (Alien anthology and Ghostbusters) and Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints)

I will be writing a few other posts about Dos and Dont’s with kids at Comicpalooza and some awesome behind the scenes/interviews with Ming Chen and Lou Ferrigno! Stay tuned!


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Father’s Day Ultimate Gift: A Wooden Watch

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Happy Father’s Day! Today is the day! How do you celebrate and pamper the Dad(s) in your life today?

I was looking for something different. For something innovative, unique, and natural. We love all things eco-friendly and with a natural feel, so it is only normal for us to be so inclined to this gift for Dad.  JORD Wooden Watches!

To be honest they had me at wood. But the more I saw of them, the more I LOVED them. Their designs are unique and elegant, which makes them a perfect fit not only for the natural, outdoorsy, woodsy dad but also for the office, sophisticated and fashionable dad.  Jord has something  for everyone.

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JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. We spend our days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing. Then we’ll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. We have fun. This is our journey.

JORD wooden watches are made by combining different elements and designs. They use woods such as Ebony, Koa, Rosewood, and Zebrawood among others. All of the woods are sourced from sustainable sources across the globe, and unique information about them can be found on their website.

For this Father’s Day my husband received a beautifully crafted Zebrawood & Maple watch from the Fieldcrest Collection. (pictured) Simple, elegant and clean lines with a finish complemented by the contrasts of the two grains. Your watches are measured to order and their customer service was friendly and on point.

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The Zebrawood & Maple features:

  • scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • deployment buckle with push buttons
  • case width: 39mm
  • case thickness: 11mm
  • lug ends: 49mm
  • band thickness: 20mm
  • band length: 195mm

It is the perfect gift for my husband.  Simple yet unique, and uncomplicated this watch is a perfect accent for his day to day lifestyle.

Make sure you visit their page, they are truly amazing and perfect for any occasion.

VISIT: http://www.woodwatches.com/onixj  

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OnixJ partnered with JORD for an exclusive GIVEAWAY!

Enter for the chance to win a $75 voucher toward your very own JORD watch.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY

Contest Dates: 6/17/16-7/1/16 

Enter to win the voucher (worth $75). The winner is automatically picked and notified via email at the end of the giveaway. As a bonus, each one of the entries that don’t win the voucher will still receive an e-gift card for $20 off their own JORD watch.

The $75 voucher will expire on 9/16/16 , and the $20 e-gift cards will expire 1/1/17

 


 

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Naturally Handsome : Sam’s Natural #FathersDay

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Father’s Day is Coming! (sorry, too much Game of Thrones lately) But it is! are you ready? have you got a little something for Dad? As part of my Father’s Day Gift Ideas Day 2, I bring to you an old time favorite! Sam’s Natural

A few months ago I featured them on the Blog  as part of my Millenial Men Series. You can read more about it on the link below.

MILLENNIAL MAN SERIES: SAM’S NATURAL HANDMADE IN AMERICA

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From my previous post: Their packaging is simple, and unsophisticated just like the woodsy millennial man. However, it spills high quality and freshness. Their scents are an ode to nature; some mature scents such as tobacco and cedarwood reminiscent of classic elegance (personally, tobacco reminds me of my grandad sitting in his room among his books, with his tobacco pipe and a cup of hot coffee) And some fresh scents such as peppermint, orange and vanilla come together beautifully to create a woodsy, natural, fresh aromas made specifically for men.

So yeah! they make a FANTASTIC gift for the nature lover, green, Treehugger, woodsy dads. On this occasion, I received a different range of products some of which are part of their Father’s Day Pack

Products in my sample pack included: After Shower Dry Oil, Body Wash, Hand Lotion, Knuckle Wax, Walnut Scrub, Down There Lotion and the Campn Stick.

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The walnut scrub is perfect to take on camping trips or for those days in the woodshop (or working on that greasy car engine? hands full of sticky oily stuff you don’t want on your bed, or your or the kids for that matter lol) The body wash smells of the woods! It is manly and unsophisticated, so if you have a weekend on the hamptins Dad maybe consider something different. But, if you have a live on the edge of adventure dad, this is how you want him to smell.

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Lotions are non-greasy and spread easily on the skin. No waxy residue (which some natural products can have) I know it’s hard to get men to moisturize because yeah, men. With these two products, you can give them (and their skin) the love they need without any of the girly scents they hate.

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Each one of the products has been designed for men. 100% Vegan, chemical free and environmentally friendly. So, go get some!


Not convinced yet? Enjoy a 10% discount on any order  of $30 or more, from now until July 31st (2016) courtesy of yours truly! BIG Thanks to Sam’s Natural!

Promo Code: ONIXJ10 www.samsnatural.com 

Brickell Men’s Products for Dad #FathersDay

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I started my quest to find awesome and eco-friendly, chemical free gift ideas for dad. As you might well know (or not, hi new reader!) I am adamant on the use of natural ingredients and completely against animal testing.

Father’s Day is approaching and there is little time left for shopping!

I came across Brickell Men’s Products. Brickell is designed specifically with men in mind using 100% natural ingredients.

“We use only high quality natural and organic ingredients in every bottle”

The millennial man is now conscious not only of the need of grooming products but also about preserving the environment. Out there we find an  overwhelming amount of men’s skin care and grooming products made with harmful synthetic chemicals. These have proved to be bad for our health and for the environment (think contamination of water sources). Scientific studies also suggest these toxins used in food and grooming products penetrate the skin, accumulating in the body’s organs and causing major health issues (cancer, disease, chronic conditions, etc).

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So if you don’t think you should use natural grooming products, think again! Brickell has a wonderful selection of products from after shave to body wash and everything in between. They use ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Shea on their products creating subtle, gentle on the skin and masculine scents.

Their Face Scrub smells live heaven on earth. Packed with Aloe Vera, Avocado Butter & Vitamin E for absolute moisture, and coffee Extract & Green Tea for an energy kick this is the perfect go-to grooming essential for men. Avoid ingrowing beard hairs, and prep your skin for a fresh and fantastic complexion.

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Pamper the dad, or dad(s) in your life with some naturally brilliant grooming products!

Make sure you visit Brickell

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And stay tuned for more #FathersDay Gift ideas on OnixJ!