Austin Steam Train North Pole Flyer

It was our first time trying the Austin Steam Train: North Pole Flyer. We were able to reserve the Nambe section 3 months ahead of time. It seats 12 people. It is a 2 hour ride in the train and you get to partake in Christmas Caroling, story time with elves, cookies from Mrs. Clause and Santa himself. You get juice and hot cocoa. There is also a balloon artist.

It is a great way to be with family and to get those photos with Santa!

Here are some of our pictures.

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Austin steam train look who came !!!

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Look who stopped by !!

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Just drinking riding a train

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From my sister’s cam!

The boys with #Santa

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13th Wedding Anniversary!

This year we decided to have formal family pictorials for our 13th wedding anniversary. Our son has been looking at our wedding albums and wished he could have been part of it. This year also marked our 20th year together plus we both turned 40. So formal pictorials seemed timely.

Our group photos were taken by MJ Tabush Photography

Various photos from my sister and sister-in-law.

#6 #blackandwhitephotography #challenge I nominate @bdnfool

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Cakes were from Cake 4 Tay

Thanks to all our family members who dressed up and took part in this!

Cauliflower Rice

I have lost just over 5 pounds and I have 15 more pounds to go! This past week I lost 2.5 pounds and that was mainly eliminating rice and replacing with cauliflower rice! My biggest craving was cheese and I found that cauliflower rice with cheese satisfied that craving. I replaced soda with red wine in the evening. I am not that much of a fan yet of red wine but it does do the trick.

During the next week, I will definitely have to be more active. I have changed my diet so drastically that I can’t make any more changes to help with the weight loss in that department. Good luck to those of you with weight loss goals and hope you follow on my road to losing fifteen more pounds!

Eating Right at 40!

I am definitely having to watch what I eat now!!!! The levels are creeping up and my goal is to lose 20 pounds! Journey with me on the road to losing those 20 pounds! Hubby and his levels are at an elite status. Mine are not. I am definitely going to have to move daily and sweat it out. Since getting the dogs, hubby has been walking 3 miles a day. That has probably maintained his levels well. HAHAHA! Please comment away on your goals!

At work, we are also starting a weekly weigh in to not gain when the holidays come. So a coworker and I are joining that and texting each other after every walk we do. In the past I do get to that obsessive point. I am not going to lie, I will probably get a little bit that way since I am really serious about this.

This weekend we went to the Asian market to get my favorite vegetables and had our walk. Good luck to me!

Urban Air in Pearland!

Yesterday we went to the Urban Air in Pearland! It was a cousin’s birthday and we were lovin the go karts!!!! The Sugar Land location does not have the go karts. We are hoping it will come our way! The cost when we went was $24.99 for 3 rides with an adult. The rides last 6 minutes each. You may have to verify this, but you can go solo when you are 48 inches tall. Here are some photos from the party and the go karts!

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Go carts here !!!

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Happy birthday Aria !!!! @candaceandrea

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My Feng Shui Mistakes

Here are my feng shui mistakes! Learn from them!

1)A mirror directly across the bed! I am definitely removing it but looking to see what to replace it with! I am going from brown furniture to something lighter. So something like the mirror below would work. I am still browsing!

2)Clutter! Frankly with two people working full time, we need someone to help us. Now in other countries, someone would be in charge of this daily. However, we aren’t in that position. If I can only clean one area..I will now clean the kitchen area daily!!

3)Welcome mat with your name or initials! I did quickly change that!!!!!!!!

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The new one is just a simple WELCOME!

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4)Not having a money tree!

5)Not using the right colors for me (car, etc). I now have a black car, which is the best color for me!

It’s a creative decorating challenge I love to take on. Good luck with your Feng Shui decorating!

Copper Kitchen

Saw a glimpse of copper colored kitchen items that I wanted to share! Definitely would love these for myself. The first are a set of mixing bowls. They are definitely under $50.00 and would make a great gift for the holidays or for birthdays.

The next set of items are copper colored canister sets. Some days I do want them, but I am always trying to declutter the kitchen counter areas. So I am not sure. If I did get some, then for sure I would love the copper finish ones or those with a touch of copper.

Some sugar and creamer set!

Treats container!

Hope you liked the gift ideas for under $50.00 !

13th Anniversary Inspirations

For this anniversary, we are going to be having a big pictorial!

October Lights and Halloween

My son loves the holidays that involve decorating with lights and inflatables! Here in America, that would be Halloween and Christmas time! I love watching him plan how he is going to set up. Luckily, my dad helps him a lot. My dad has his ways such as using wooden stakes to hold the inflatables down and covering electrical connections with plastic materials. It takes my son the whole day to decorate a front lawn. But he is always so happy with the results.

We have a variety of lights for Halloween that have caught his eyes. Mostly, they have been purchased at Wal-Mart. Here are some examples:

#lights #halloween

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Bring on the skulls, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns!

He says he's too busy decorating gma's place that he can't decorate ours

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Of course, the plain orange ones will do also!

His newest addition to the inflatables is the white ghost from Wal-Mart.

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Not sure if we are trick-or-treating this year. We may just be giving treats for the most part. They did pick out their costumes purchased from Wal-Mart also. One will be Lego Batman because we couldn’t find a scary enough clown. The other one will be Pikachu from Pokemon.

I will add the Amazon links for those costumes in case you are on the go and just need to buy them fast!

This price is for under $16.00 in a child’s size small.

The Lego Batman was definitely cheaper at Wal-Mart. However, if you have the Amazon gift cards, this may be better for you!

Hopefully, my son will get to decorate our lawn soon! We have our own inflatables to put up. The next project is to get some photos of Emma and Sophy using some Halloween background. It will be our first Halloween with the pets and I am looking at Pinterest for inspirations of course. Be on the lookout for costumed versions of Emma and Sophy on this space!