Kids Meals in Houston

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What does community mean to you? How does volunteering your time make you feel? Have you been wanting to give back to your community and don’t know where to start? Well, lucky for you, I have just the place where you can make a difference, you can volunteer, and you can do community outreach for a good cause.

Kids Meals is meals on wheels for preschool children and they need more volunteers to help prepare lunches and drop them off to hungry children in the Houston area.

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Last Friday I used my morning off to take Eli to Kids’ Meals to volunteer some of our time. Elijah has always had it pretty easy. He is a great kid so naturally he gets whatever he wants (in a non spoiled brat kind of way lol) BUT there are times that I felt Eli didn’t realize how fortunate he was so volunteering was the one thing that I knew would open his eyes and y’all, I AM SO GLAD WE WENT! From the moment you walk in you see photographs of happy children with these brown sack lunches just smiling. Right away you know that you are doing something positive and worth every single minute of your time. We watched a video to learn more about Kids’ Meals and then we went to the back to start preparing lunches. Elijah, Tarah, and me were doing the actual packing of the lunches. We had a system going and before we realized it we had packed over 400 lunches ourselves. The time FLEW by and honestly, we could have stayed there another 2 hours just packing lunches. We as a society often take so many things for granted and being able to volunteer was SO refreshing. I left there feeling happy, knowing I helped in the community. Elijah asked if we could PLEASE come back and next time he wants to pack all the cereal in a Ziploc bag or make sandwiches.

About Kid’s Meals

Kids’ Meals is ais a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to end childhood hunger by delivering free healthy meals year-round to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children and provide their families with resources to help end the cycle of poverty. Kids’ Meals delivers 3,100 meals a day during the school year, and up to 6,100 per day during the summer. During the summer not only do they provide lunches for preschoolers but they also provide lunch for their siblings as well. Learn more by visiting KIDSMEALSINC.ORG or Follow Kids’ Meals on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

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I have been fortunate enough to be a McDonald’s Partner and learn about everything that they do. We just see the golden arch and yummy fries but McDonald’s does SO much more than make food. They are a big partner with Kids’ Meal’s! McDonald’s makes kids happy ALL the time, whether that is with a McDonald’s Happy Meal or by helping and being a helping hand with Kids’ Meal’s. They are actually the ones who arranged my shift and I cannot wait to do to do it again!

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Best Friend Tarah went with us and this is what she had to say about her experience:

Volunteering at Kids’ Meals was so humbling. From the moment you walk into the doors you can see pictures of kids that they help out, they show you a video that will have you tears and wanting to stay there to pack lunches all day. You walk into the back and they have different stations for you to help with. It amazes me that they are able to feed 6000 kids a day in the summer. It’s wonderful how the community can come together to be able to pack and deliver all those meals. It is definitely an eye opener on what is going on in our own community. We hear and see so much about everywhere else in the world but most people dont realize we have those same issues right here in Houston. It makes you realize that you take your every meal for granted. These kids are receiving a sandwich (which is just cheese and 2 slices of bread) a juice box and a little baggy full of mixed cereals. It’s hard to think that this may be the only meal the child is getting in the home. It’s heartbreaking but so rewarding to have had the opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. I know I will for sure be back soon to help out more with this organization.
— Tarah Thomas

What can you do to help?

  • You can volunteer your time at Kids’ Meals

  • You can donate items like

    • Juice Boxes - They are doing a Juicebox challenge so this helps out a lot

    • Apple Sauce

    • Cereal

    • Bread

    • Ziploc Bags

  • Do a food drive that includes the above

  • Donate monetary value

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
— Marianne Williamson
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This is a sponsored post by McDonald’s. To learn more, please visit their instagram page here

Mix and Mingle Blogger Style

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Every other month I like to host a blogger social for influencers, bloggers, or anyone who wants to just meet new people. June’s mixer was hosted by Blankanvas. This gives us all a opportunity to catch up, see what projects and campaigns we are all working on and network. We often see each other at foodie events or grand openings but never get a chance to really chit chat so this is a great opportunity to do that. These events are usually FREE events or very under $20 events.

These events would not be made possible without any sponsors.

Houston Catering Concepts went ABOVE AND BEYOND any and all expectations. I literally had someone tell me “this is nicer than my wedding catering” (this was for real said LOL). They set everything and brought everything, even the florals to enhance the look of the food station. I had told all of my guest we were going to have lite bites and we had enough food for Thanksgiving dinner. They have a variety of food options for your event needs. I cannot thank them enough for how great and delicious everything turned out!

Did someone say Austin Eastciders?! You know I do not stray away from my ciders. Austin Eastciders always comes through with the flavorful ciders and my guest enjoyed it! They have a seasonal watermelon you HAVE to try. (Pineapple is still my favorite) Thanks Austin Eastciders!

How many times have you taken a photobooth picture and “emailed / text” it to yourself and either never received it or received WAY after the event?! This has happened more than once for me and it drives me insane. Luckily Quick Snap Events has the perfect photobooth with AIRDROP option. YES, AIRDROP. All my iphone users got their photos and boomerangs INSTANLY!! Quick Snap Events provided the photobooth with the backdrop and custom design. Someone come put a ring on my finger so I can hire them for my wedding LOL.

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You know I had to save the best for last! Thank you BLANKANVAS for sponsoring the venue and offering blowout specials throughout the event. Krystal the owner was so sweet and on board to the event. They dolled my guest up and provided vouchers for my guest to come back and redeem for future hair and makeup services. They also had a living proof rep come out and explain many of their products and provided goodies for everyone. I cannot express my gratitude for Krystal, her staff, and Blankanvas.

Thank you to all of the babes that came out to mix and mingle!

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Let the Summer FUN begin

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Let’s be real, summer is here and the kids are out of school and if you are anything like me, I DO NOT want my child driving me insane all summer with boredom or video games. I have complied a mini summer guide to help make planning summer events and activities a little easier.

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

These are camps I have personally had Eli in and I loved them! I am all about activities and making sure Eli isn’t sitting in a building bored out of his mind waiting for me to pick him up. The below camps were fun, interactive, and affordable.

SUMMER FUN

If you are a working parent like myself, you may have that guilt inside of you where you wish you were spending the entire summer with your kids, I know I always feel so bad that I cannot spend the summer with Eli but I make the best of the schedule I do have. Below is a list of things you can do with the kiddos.

SUMMER BALLIN on a BUDGET

Budget? What’s that? LOL!! Having the kiddos at home means you are probably spending more money on food and activities. You don’t have to spend a lot of summer everyday for your kiddos to have fun. Below is a list of things that are either free, or at very low cost.

SUMMER SAVINGS

Here are a couple of cost savings passes that you can use to save money this summer.

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.

— Brian Wilson

Whatever you plan to do this summer, i hope you have a wonderful time and you get to make ever lasting memories with your loved ones. Happy Summer friends!

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Let's PAR-TEE at Topgolf

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If there is one thing that I can host, it’s a PAR-TEE and I had the privilege of collaborating with Topgolf Webster to host a Blogger event for some of my favorite Bloggers and Houston Latina bloggers. Topgolf exceeded my expectations. From the planning to the execution, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to host my blogger event.

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Our Topgolf experience was one for the books. We were greeted by our Bayhost Tyler who made sure we were well taken care of from start to finish. The Director of Operations Jeff Namkin came and introduced himself and made everyone feel welcomed to be at TG Webster. Billy, their golf pro swung by and helped all of us out on our knowledge of golf. This was some of our first times even picking up a golf club (and it showed lol). He taught us the basics along with helping us with our golf swing. Let’s just say, I can sign up for the Masters tournament now. We played, socialized, ate, and had FUN.

FOOD

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As a “Foodie” (blogger who focuses on food) the food was IMPORTANT. I was quite surprised of all the food options and variety of options and dietary accommodations that they had. One of our babes cannot have gluten and some dairy and our bay host Tyler knew exactly what she could order and made great suggestions. We ordered a little bit of everything

  • Chips and queso

  • Pepperoni Flatbread

  • Topgolf Wings

  • Steak Signature Nachos

  • Jumbo Pretzel Board (THIS WAS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE)

  • Farmhouse Flatbread

Topgolf is perfect for

  • Date night

  • Family day

  • Kids fun

  • Girls night out / Boys night out

  • Group gatherings

  • Birthdays / group events / corporate events

Pretty much Topgolf is great for any occasion you you could think of.

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Summer Fun Pass

Buy a Summer Fun Pass and enjoy unlimited Topgolf game play for you and up to 5 guests per visit - weekdays until 5 p.m. - from Memorial Day to Labor Day

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$149 per pass*Buy pass in advance and save! Must purchase by 5/26/19.

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Kids Summer Academy

Topgolf Kids Summer Academy is 5 days of non-stop entertainment and learning that kids will love. The program includes all of the components that make up the great game of golf.

Get more information HERE || Register HERE

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STAAR Test prep with McDonald's

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It is what starts our entire day and what we put into our bodies is quite important. As a busy mom I am very guilty of just giving Eli a pop tart, a bowl of cereal, or something I can throw into the microwave for less than a minute. It happens, let’s be honest. It’s normal and you have no idea how many of us mom’s are running around like a chicken with our head cut off.

Something to keep in mind is on test days it is very important and crucial to have a high protein nourishing breakfast.

Next Tuesday our students will start STAAR testing. This can be nerve wrecking for your child and there are so many things you can do to prepare for Test day! Get enough sleep, give your child all the encouragement and positive vibes and A HEALTHY BREAKFAST.

McDonald’s wants to make sure that every student is provided with a breakfast that will have our kiddos test ready! Yep, you read that correctly, McDonald’s will be providing FREE breakfast to students from 3rd grade to 8th grade.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

TUESDAY, APRIL 9th - 6am to 9am

Houston area McDonald’s restaurants are giving students and teachers FREE BREAKFAST to kick off STAAR testing!

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3rd to 8th grade students and teachers can receive free breakfast to start the STAAR testing period on Tuesday, April 9, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Houston area McDonald’s restaurants will provide free breakfast to students taking the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test and their teachers.

Limit one breakfast per student or teacher only. Dine-in only. Student must be present and accompanied by a parent or legal aged guardian.

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Here are the choices for your students FREE breakfast:

  • Choice of: Egg White Delight McMuffin or Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

  • Choice of: 1% Low Fat Milk or Apple Juice

  • Apple Slices

Whether you go for the Oatmeal or you get the egg white mcmuffin, Mcdonald’s wants to provide the most nutritional breakfast to feed your tummy and your brain. We know us parents can have busy mornings but McDonald’s has a lot of nutritional choices for everyone in the family. Make sure to get some coffee for yourself. Their McCafe’s are tasteful and get the caffeinated job done! The mocha Frappe is my absolute favorite.

Follow McDonald’s Houston on instagram -@McdonaldsHouston

Follow McDonald’s Houston on instagram -@McdonaldsHouston

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Good luck to all of the students taking the STAAR test!

Remember to take your time, double check your answers, and just do your absolute best!

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This is a sponsored post by McDonald’s. To learn more, please visit the Facebook event page here

Boss Babes in March

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March came and went in a blink of an eye. I celebrated International Women’s Month throughout all of March. Women have come a very long way and still have a very long way to go but we are getting there day by day. I wanted to do something special to celebrate women. Being connected to so many amazing women you never know what one person can do for another. To show my appreciation for these women, I put together an intimate event hosted by The Rustic Brush in Sugarland.

The Rustic Brush is located all around Houston and it is an amazing crafting experience. How it works is you pick a design and you create your project from start to finish. First you sand your wood, stain it, and use your handy WOman skills to put the wood pieces together. You get to pick your colors for your design and create your own master piece in your own unique way.

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I am so appreciative of all of my sponsors and businesses that collaborated with me for this event. I really wanted to shine some light to these businesses that are not only local but are owned by WOMEN!!

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Brand new business in Katy!! The cheese bar put together the most beautiful charcuterie board for my event. This is a hispanic woman owned business! She puts so much detail and thought into her boards and everything was fresh and tasty! Gracias!!

Find her on Instagram to get your charcuterie board for any of your events.

You know I couldn’t have an event without my best friend’s COOKIES!

Kookieskat is a one WOman bakery. She does it ALL.

She made custom cookies and had special packaging for all of my gals!

Heaven in a Jar is located in Sugarland and is a mother and daughter business.

Their desserts WERE TO DIE FOR! My favorite was the Brownie delight.

Find them on Instagram and check out their location in Sugarland. Let them know PattyTellsAll referred you!

I cannot express my gratitude to Cholé, Owner of Mixologi - My drink bomb.

She is the definition of a total BOSS BABE. Her drink bombs are so refreshing and now you can even purchase them at participating SPEC’s!

You can find Mixologi on Facebook or Instagram!

The succulent bar provided the cutest succulents for my guest to take home! Finishing the extra detail with Glamfetti’s boss babe toppers!

Made sure these ladies had some fuel for the event and for the rest of their morning!

Thank you HighBrew Coffee!

It’s not a Patty event without Austin East Ciders!

Thank you so much to The Rustic Brush for being such a great host!

They host any kind of event and they do weekly classes!

Check them out on Instagram or their website!

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Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
— Hellen Keller
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Pattytellsall Blogiversary Mixer

What a time to be alive! I hosted my very first mixer a little over a week ago (1/18/2019) in honor of my blog turning one. (My blog actually turned one on 1/26/2019). I was nervous and excited for the event. I worked with SO many great sponsors and my event wouldn’t have been successful without them.

The event took place at The Union Houston - an art gallery that is also a venue for events. Union was the best place I could have had to host the event. The space was perfect! At the event there was a preview of Union’s newest art exhibition, Prima Materia which is by two local hispanic artist, Darwin Arevalo & Grace Zuñiga. If you are planning an event and need a venue, check out The Union. The space is perfect for any event. A special thank you to Theresa and The Union for hosting my mixer!

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Miradela  knows the love I have for conchas and Pan Dulce. She sponsored the famous  El Bolillo Bakery  conchas. Thank you Gabby for being sweet like pan dulce!!

Miradela knows the love I have for conchas and Pan Dulce. She sponsored the famous El Bolillo Bakery conchas. Thank you Gabby for being sweet like pan dulce!!

Roxor gin provided their artisan gin and LaShanna with Three Lumps of Sugar whipped up a specialty drink for the event. Austin East Ciders provided their top seller cider - Brut and it’s on my top favorites now.

Every get together needs some good music and that is exactly what DJ RJ delivered! He had the crowd dancing and he made sure to get a feel of the atmosphere to ensure everyone enjoyed the mixer. If you’re looking for a Dj, RJ is your guy!!

Who doesn’t love a photo booth?! Selfies-R-Us brought the fun with the photo booth. You were able to take a photo home AND send a digital copy to your phone. They also designed the background of the prints and I must say, it went perfect with my popcorn theme.

If you’re looking for a photo booth for any event I highly recommend Selfies-R-Us!

Giant yellow balloon w/ tassels & Balloon garland in the photobooth backdrop was provided by @Glamfettico

Lovehandle  designed popcorn theme lovehandles for all of my guest! I am a very proud lovehandle user which has made selfie taking a piece of cake!! Thank you  LOVEHANDLE !!!

Lovehandle designed popcorn theme lovehandles for all of my guest! I am a very proud lovehandle user which has made selfie taking a piece of cake!! Thank you LOVEHANDLE!!!

Blo Montrose set up a braid bar for all of my guest to get a braid done at the event. I have been getting my blow outs from Blo and they did my makeup and hair for the event! If you have any events coming up, or if you’re anything like me and just love bouncy hair, Blo will take care of you!

Mentioned code patty10 at checkout and received 10% off your services.

All photos were taken by @Mybeautifulphotos2017

Make sure to follow @Mybeautifulphotos2017 to see her latest creations and to book a session!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with me. I did not expect the outcome and response I did and I am overwhelmed with gratitude. This year of blogging has taken me out of my comfort zone, has helped me gain a piece of confidence I was missing and it connected me with some amazing people.

Thank you to all of my sponsors, my event would not have been what it was without each and every one of y’all!

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