Valentine’s Datenight Guide
Ok, maybe that isn’t how it goes, but I need to shed some light on a pizza event I attended this past Monday. #HoustonPizzaFiesta! I learned so much and I won’t lie: Domino’s hasn’t always been my first choice for Friday night pizza delivery. But after trying out their new menu items and seeing the direction they are going in, Domino’s will be part of my Friday nights in!
Domino’s is changing up and remodeling many of their locations in Houston and around the nation. They are changing it to a “Theater style” restaurant. They are making it an experience, kid/family friendly, and they are putting on a show for their guest! You can have your little one step up on their “Young Pizza Inspector” steps and they can watch the Domino’s experts make their pizzas! Sometimes they even throw dough out and let the guest catch it. They have charging stations all around their walls so you can get work/homework done while enjoying one of their new menu items.
Domino’s impressed me with their new menu items. Their Domino’s marbled cookie brownie was TO DIE FOR. They don’t only have pizza but they also have sandwiches, salads, desserts, and pasta! No matter if you are a picky eater or you can eat anything, there is something on the menu for everyone in the family.
They are also stepping up their game with their deliveries. They have a tracker on their apps and websites so you can better track your pizza. Domino’s wanted to make it easier for their customers to be able to order food no matter where they were. They now have “Hotspots.” Hotspots are locations that may not have physical addresses but are popular (parks, venues, hospitals). Instead of trying to scramble around for an address, you can meet your Domino’s delivery guy/girl at the designated Hotspot!
I had the opportunity to build my own pizza and it is not as easy as it looks. I learned so much about their growth and how they want to make their customers happy. They are about to hit their peak time and are currently hiring 500 drivers and 100+ assistant managers. (Drivers get paid mileage and tips on the same day of their shift). You can look for job opportunities on the link below!
Thank you Domino’s for inviting me to your #Houstonpizzafiesta you did not disappoint!
** This blog post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own. **
We take baseball serious here in the south!
This past week I had the opportunity to check out The Cage before its grand opening. My son Elijah has been playing baseball for 5 years and I am definitely one of "those baseball moms" When Jennifer (the owner) asked me to check it out I was thrilled. The first thing that I noticed when I got there was this awesome mural that was painted by local artist, Franky Cardona. Not only was the mural very well created but HELLO, it's the ASTROS! If that isn't encouragement enough, I don't know what is.
The Cage is family owned and it is located in the Heights. It's a central location for people around Houston. It's physical address is, 6504 N. Main Street, Houston 77009. The heights is growing and they are developing a lot around the area. When driving down main, make sure to slow down because if you are not paying attention, chances are you will pass it up, and trust me, YOU DO NOT want to pass up this awesome baseball facility.
THE IRON MIKE PITCHING MACHINE
In order to get the best out of a batting session, you want to have the best equipment and The Cage did not disappoint with their pitching machine. It's not JUST a pitching machine, it's an Iron Mike and many batting cages don't have these. This machine has an arm style pitch and coaches and baseball players prefer this kinda of machine. When batting you want persistence, accuracy, and you want to every swing to be the greatest swing you have taken. The Cage has the equipment and the training for that.
DETAILS ABOUT THE CAGE
The Cage will offer various ways of utilizing their space and services. They will have memberships, hourly rates, team rates, and one on one training. They offer machine pitch and live pitch. They will have trained professionals to get your child or team exactly where they want to be. In the hour and a half that Elijah and I were there, Eli had already improved on his catching and his form. I was really impressed with the one on one we had because in other batting cages we usually just have machine pitch and that's about it. At The Cage we had someone watching Elijah and getting a feel of what level he was at and how to improve and what needed to be fixed. The Cage will be open to the public and hours will be posted on their social media channels soon; as well as our website which is set to go live on May 14!
A LITTLE ABOUT THE OWNERS
It is safe to say that The Cage is definitely what I look for in an indoor batting cage and baseball facility. The Cage is having their grand opening, Monday, May 14th! They will have a ribbon cutting ceremony right at 4pm. I highly encourage everyone to stop by Saturday, May 5th as the new facility will be hosting tours every half hour from noon to 6 p.m.
Thank you to The Cage for allowing me to check out the facility and have that one on one training! I cannot wait to return and have Elijah get those swings in!
Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are completely my own based on my experience.
I know what you're probably thinking, did this girl really call herself St.Patty?! And yes, yes I did! I really thought the headline to this blog post was beyond clever later to realize how cheesy it was! But hey, you're here and I am about to make your St.Patrick's Day planning a whole lot easier!
But first, let's talk about what this day is really for. St.Patrick's Day is a day to commemorate Saint Patrick, who was the patron saint of Ireland. With time we have made March 17th a day of festivals, celebrating the Irish culture, and LOTS OF GREEN BEER!
SHOW ME THE GREEN BEER
No worries guys, there will be green beer in just about every bar in Houston on March 17th! The question is, where do you want to get yours at?!? There are a lot of festivals and parking lot parties that will be happening all around Houston and I am going to give you the top 5 spots that I think are worth checking out!
Mo's Irish Pub
Mo's Irish Pub has two locations, one in Katy and one in Cypress. Both locations are having a huge St.Patrick's day party. Both locations will have their parking lots blocked off with fences and the party will be in and outdoors. There will be live music, green beer, and bag pipers. I personally have not been to Mo's Irish Pub but I know a couple of people that work at the Katy location and they say they have been planning this for months! ALSO - as of now, there will not be a cover charge at the Katy location!
Mo's is having a breakfast event that is kid friendly. Traditional Irish breakfast will be served. You can reserve / buy your tickets with the link below.
Griff's Irish Pub
Griff's is located in Montrose! With it being one of the older Irish pub's in Houston, you may run into an "older" crowd, but don't let that keep you away. Griff's will have live music and a dj. They have an entire lineup for the day. Bagpipers, irish dancers, face painters and again GREEN BEER! Presale tickets are $5 and can be purchase below.
Sherlocks Pub off Westheimer is where I have spent the last couple of St. Patrick's Days at! It is always a great time but take note that it gets pretty PACKED! Sherlocks will have a a huge parking lot party and the cover is $10. They will have live music, a dj, food trucks, and more green beer than you can drink! Doors open at 5 p.m. and close at 2 a.m.
Irish Cowboy is known to throw the hottest and biggest St.Patrick's Day party. They will have food, live music / dj, and green beer. The cover for Irish Cowboy is $25. That is the price for general admission and access to all the bars. Irish cowboy is located in midtown. Although the cover is a little higher than the other places, Irish Cowboy is one of the largest locations with more bar access. You can purchase your general admission ticket with the link below.
Lucky's Pub Downtown
Oh my, Lucky's Pub might take the winner on their party event for March 17th. They will have live music all day, they have a line up that can be found on the link below . Parking downtown is never free but you can purchase a parking pass for that day. There is no cover before noon. After noon you can purchase a $12 (includes fee) general admission ticket. The day of general admission will be at least $15. They also have a VIP ticket that can be purchased that includes a private area with private bars, complimentary drinks, food provided by chuy's, commemorative Makers Mark dipped items, commemorative glass, shirt, cigar, & a swag bag. Lucky's Pub will have the hottest and best known food trucks as well. Besides music, green beer, and lots of food options, 94.5 the buzz radio station will be broadcasting there all day! I don't know about you, but I think I found my party spot at!
I hope this was helpful for all of you guys! Please remember to drink responsibly! Uber and Lyft are just a click away!
Have fun and make sure to share your photos with me on snapchat and instagram!!
This is seriously, my favorite time of year. I look forward to Rodeo season more than Christmas. THIS IS A TRUE STATEMENT. Everything about the Rodeo excites me! I love the Rodeo so much that I joined a Rodeo committee to be more involved (and for my gold badge of course)! I am on the Go Tejano Committee. I have been attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for many years and I have learned a lot throughout the years. There is so much to learn and do, so if you haven't been, make it a priority to go this season, if you have already, you know how much fun the experience is!
ABOUT THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO
A little back history on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; The Houston Rodeo has been around since 1932. It attracts millions of people a year and is the LARGEST Rodeo in the nation. Just last year there was a total of 2,611,176 attendees during the Rodeo season. HLSR (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo) takes place at NRG Stadium and Center. HLSR promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry. They raise millions of dollars in scholarships. Alone the Go Tejano committee raised enough funds to provide 20, $20,000 scholarships last year.
The actual Rodeo starts February 27th and runs all the way until March, 18th. The Houston Rodeo takes place at NRG Stadium and center. Parking is a big deal so make sure to check all possible alternatives like the Metrorail or Park and rides. You can pay for parking at the Rodeo in the Yellow lot. Parking last year was $20. Anything and everything you need to know can be located on the HLSR website. I provided the link to the transportation page and a link for the Rodeo website for additional information.
Before moving on to the attractions, here are some important dates to keep in mind for the Rodeo
Thursday, Saturday, February 22-24 // BBQ Cook-Off
Tuesday, February 27 // Rodeo Opening Day
Friday, February 23 // Go Texan Day
Saturday, February24 // Rodeo Run 9:10am
Saturday, February 24 // Downtown Rodeo Parade 10:00am
Wednesday, February 28 - Armed Forces Appreciation Day
Friday, March 2 // Black Heritage Day
Sunday, March 11 // Go Tejano Day
Sunday, March 18 // Rodeo Closing Day
It's not what you know, it's WHO you know. The Rodeo cook-off kicks off Thursday, February 22nd and ends Saturday, February 24th. The cook-off is what starts the Season off! A lot of people get confused about what the cook off is and how you can get in on all the fun. Here are some FAQ's to help you
General admission to the Fairgrounds DOES NOT include admission into a tent
Each tent has sponsors and in order to get in you WILL NEED a wristband from them
If you have a wrist band for a tent, you still need to purchase admission to get into the Fairgrounds
Purchasing wrist bands - The tents usually include food and alcoholic beverages, most tents are open bar. You can find people selling wristbands on Craigslist, or on Facebook forums. BE cautious of whom you are buying from. Wrist bands usually vary from $50-$75 and up, for one single wristband. (That's why I mentioned, it's not what you know, it's who you know)!
All in All, the cook-off is a great time, it's a huge drinking fest and I promise, you will have the best BBQ you have ever tasted!
The Rodeo show is something you do not want to miss! From bull riding to barrel racing to the cutest junior cowboys and cowgirls holding on to a sheep for dear life. The rodeo has what is called a "Super Series" where the best of the best compete for $$ and are awarded the champion of their skill. The actual Rodeo / competition starts at 6:45 on the week days and 3:45 on the weekends.
One of my favorites besides the mutton bustin' is the calf scramble. The calf scramble is where students compete to win a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show. They have to chase these calves around the stadium and once they get a hold of one, they have to get them into the designated area. It sounds A LOT easier than what it is! It is exciting to watch, so make sure you arrive with enough time before the entertainer to enjoy the ENTIRE show!
Now, the extra fun stuff, the concerts! The concerts are ALWAYS amazing, there really isn't a bad seat in the house. This is probably going to be the best concert series for the reason that they have built a bigger and better stage! Below you will find the 2018 Rodeo Houston star entertainment lineup. Incase you are wondering, I am most excited to see Chris Stapleton! The performers usually go on stage at 8:45pm on the weekdays and on the weekends they go on stage at 5:45pm.
Tickets can be purchased on the HLSR website, or through Flash seats.
CARNIVAL, FOOD, & AGVENTURE
The Rodeo has many attractions for all ages. A big part of the rodeo is to learn about agriculture. You can explore "Agventure" in NRG Center and find many kid activities and animals of every species. My favorite part of Agventure is getting to see all the pigs and their piglets. There is a lot of hands on areas so the kids will have a blast.
After exploring and taking 101 pictures of the animals, the biggest attraction at the rodeo is the carnival. We may say it's all for the kiddos but let's get real, we all LOVE rides. The carnival has so many rides to entertain toddlers to adults. Not a huge ride fan, NO PROBLEM! There are games of all kinds, from ring toss to basketball. If you are taking a date to the rodeo, make sure to impress him or her with winning them a giant stuffed animal. Remember, everything is bigger in Texas!
If the rides, animals, and games haven't impressed you yet, no worries, THE FOOD WILL. It never fails for me to start my rodeo adventure with a turkey leg or sausage on a stick and end it with fried oreos. You can get everything from giant corn dogs, funnel cakes, and deep fried EVERYTHING. Make sure you wear your loose jeans because you will indulge in the best southern food of your life.
In case you are wondering about how the rides work, I will break it down quickly for you.
Every ride requires tickets
There is a height requirement on majority of the rides and for the kiddie rides adults typically can ride with their child
SOME games can be used with tickets
Tickets can be purchased on the fairgrounds
If you are trying to get more bang for your buck, I HIGHLY suggest purchasing a half price carnival pack. The carnival pack is $50 and includes 150 tickets for the rides and some games. It also has a lot of different coupons. (I mean, who doesn't love coupons) I provided a link below so you can purchase yours today! But don't wait too long, the deadline to purchase the carnival packs is Saturday, February 24th.
Sales Person - Kathy Artiga
I know this is A LOT of information, but I hope I was able to break it down for everyone. Wishing everyone the best Rodeo Season yet! YEEHAW! and If you see me at the Rodeo, Come say Hi!! I would love to meet y'all!
It seems like just yesterday we were counting down the seconds to 2018. It's safe to say that January flew by. February is here and the pressure is on! Valentine's day is around the corner and if you are anything like me, You have no idea of what to do, where to go or what to get your significant other. IF you already have plans made, gift's ordered, and deliveries lined up, I applaud you! But for the rest of us, here's a little guidance for Valentine's Day!
Status: In a Relationship
If you fall under this category, the pressure is on.
GUYS - you can go ahead and thank me in advance because I am about to give you some very helpful tips.
Ladies, be a little bold and send your man the link to this blog post, he will get the hint!
GUYS - If your girlfriend, fiance , or wife told you they didn't want anything, IT IS A TRAP. Let's be honest, we always want something. We may not know what we want but if on Valentine's you come home empty handed, we pretend like we don't care and turn around and text our best friends to complain (Ladies, we should REALLY stop doing that, you know you want something). We (ladies) can be complicated but if there is one thing that I think most of us can agree on, are FLOWERS. Ladies who love flowers, love receiving them at work even more (HINT HINT GUYS). Below you can find some beautiful, custom flower arrangements that your lady WILL LOVE.
Creative Creation Designs are providing their clients free delivery for this collection in their delivery region. Make sure to place your orders before Feb 12.
USE PROMO CODE "PATTYTELLSALL" FOR A DISCOUNT OFF YOUR ORDER!
If flowers aren't her thing, NO PROBLEM! There are other options for you. Tiff's Treats are located all around the Houston area and delivery is usually only $5!! Tiff's Treats have some of the tastiest cookies and they have an option for Valentine themed packaging. Another option are chocolate covered strawberries. Both Edible arrangements and Shari's berries deliver in the Houston area.
If you are on a tight budget and want to do an experience, picnics are always a win! I begged my boyfriend for months to take me on a picnic and last year for Valentine's we had our picnic. At first I was like, what if people look at us like we are weird....but once we got to Discovery Green we saw many couples on a picnic. We packed a basket with sandwiches, fruits, and drinks and laid out a blanket and enjoyed our company. It was really nice and the weather was wonderful. We maybe spent $10-15 on food. You can also do take out and eat it at a park as well.
If the tight budget is not an issue, make dinner reservations, better yet, movie and a dinner. This may not be your cup of tea, but Fifty Shades Freed will be in theaters by then. I think they purposely did that so it would line up with Valentine's. Houston has endless possibilities and there are places like, Town Center (Sugarland), La Centerra (Cinco Ranch / Katy), City Centre (Houston) that you can go to and find restaurants, dessert spots, and sitting areas just to relax.
Ladies, Valentine's isn't only for the guys to spoil us, we need to spoil our man too! This is just where we get the cheaper end of the trade. You know your man better than anyone else. Do something sweet, something he's maybe want wanting or dress up into something nice for him. Valentine's is about showing your love and gratitude, so step out of your comfort zone a little and I promise you he will appreciate it! If you are a definite gift giver (LIKE ME) and have no clue of what to get your significant other, get creative. What does he enjoy doing, what are some of his favorites? Does he have an amazon list? If he likes beer, make him a beer basket with different beers, if he likes to work out, get him some new workout gear. Guys in my opinion are a lot more simple than us women.
Status: It's Complicated
If you fall under this category and you are in between, do I get them something or plan something? Do I act like it's just a regular day and not mention it? Well, this is where it gets a little tricky. If you aren't wanting anything serious and are unsure of the situation, DO NOT lead someone on with the sweetest and romantic gesture. It will confuse the situation. If you are really digging the person, take the next step and do something nice and sweet. This goes for both, a man and a woman. I get it, dating is complicated and if you are in the early stages of a relationship or in the "I don't know what we are" stage, that's fine too. A small gesture will go a long way. The tips from the "In relationship" status can still be applied in your your current status but you have to make sure this is what you want. Like I mentioned, a sweet gesture will have someone on cloud 9 and will unwrap more feelings. If you think things are a little too fresh and you don't know where you guys stand, don't feel pressured to do anything. At the end of the day, only you know how you feel and if you don't want to make a big deal out of Valentine's, then don't. Just know, actions speak volumes.
Status: Single (all the single ladies put your hands up)
If you're single and feeling bummed out about it, DON'T! Valentine's is not only about couples. This is where you can show anyone, that you care and love them! I love my gal's and this is a fun time to be able to send them something to make their day!
Here are some ideas you can do for your gals!
Snail Mail- Everyone loves mail. We are living in a generation where everything is electronic. I don't know about you, but I love receiving mail. Target and Francesca's have so many cute Valentine's cards and really funny ones also. Get a card, write a sweet note, seal it with a kiss and send it off!
Starbucks Gift Card - Starbucks makes it really easy to send someone a gift card, you can either pick one up at your local Starbucks or you can go online and purchase a gift card and have it delivered!
Something that my friends and I are making a tradition of this year is having a Galentine's Party! This is when you and your gals hang out, drink wine, and play games. Target actually has the BEST Galentine's decoration in the $1-$5 section!
If you would rather attend an event, HTX Boss Babes and Make(her)Boutique have partnered with bumblebff; to throw a Galentine's party, Saturday, February 10th from 3pm-8pm. This is a FREE event and IF you haven't been to any of HTX Boss Babes events, you are missing out! Anyone who reserves their free ticket, will receive a free bumblebff swag bag!
Incase you have no clue what bumblebff is, I'll break it down for you. Originally it was a dating app, it was in between tinder, plenty of fish, and hinge. " Bumble users were requesting the ability to keep the app when they were in a relationship, because they had found friends on the app." (http://thebeehive.bumble.com/bumble-bff/). They provided a feature to switch to a dating profile, to a friend profile. This is perfect for people who want to make new friend's, or just meet new people.
Regardless of your relationship status, Valentine's day is about LOVE. Do something you love for yourself, for your friend, or your significant other. Putting your heart into whatever you do will make it special. From me to you and your loved ones, hope your Valentine's is as special as you!