Huge Sweepstakes Announcement: Win a Free Month of the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program!

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals and Curves workout. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Curves Fitness members on average lose 5 lbs. over a 20-week period.

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I’m REALLY excited to kick off the month of March with an AMAZING giveaway for you guys courtesy of Jenny Craig!

I’ve been on my weight loss journey since September 2014 and along the way, I’ve heard from many of you who are also working to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

I’ve been blessed to be working with Jenny Craig these last few weeks as a part of their blogger program. In my last 21 days on the program, I have lost 12 pounds and gained a ton of knowledge, support, and motivation.

Now you guys have the chance to do the same…

One VERY lucky reader will WIN a FREE month of the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program!

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My giveaway winner will receive a one month trial of the Jenny Craig program – including foods, products, and consulting at your local Jenny Craig weight loss center!!!

This is one of the biggest and best giveaways I’ve ever hosted on xtinedanielle.com not only because of the monetary value but because this prize can truly help change your life for the better! I’m very grateful for not only the pounds I’ve lost while on Jenny Craig but because I’ve learned a number of helpful tips and strategies to better my lifestyle.

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Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below for your chance to WIN!

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Giveaway will run the entire month of March! Contest ends April 1st, 2015, at 12 AM. Winner will be selected and notified via e-mail on Wednesday, April 1st! Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. Winner’s information will then be shared with Jenny Craig’s corporate office and prize distribution and fulfillment will be handled directly with their team.

Thank you to Jenny Craig for furnishing the amazing prize package for this giveaway.

Reliant Rodeo Plan Offers New Customers Free Boots With Their Energy Deal + Your Chance to WIN a $200 Justin® Boots Voucher Giveaway

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post from NRG and Reliant.

It’s finally Rodeo time in Houston! From March 2 – 22nd, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo take over NRG Park.

One of my favorite things about this time of year in Houston is experiencing all of the Go Texan energy and spirit around town. There are so many wonderful things to love about Rodeo Houston – the carnival, the musical acts, the once a year foods only available at your favorite concession booths, the livestock shows and exhibits, and the list goes on! (Please share with me in the comments section about your Rodeo favorites.)

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As the official energy partner of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, NRG® and Reliant® are offering a very special deal to new customers!

The Reliant Rodeo Plan is offered especially to Rodeo fans and includes:

  • competitive pricing on electricity for 12 months
  • 24/7 customer service and support, either online or by phone
  • access to information and tools that put you in control of your electricity budget
  • a free pair of Justin® boots!

Visit Reliant’s website to take advantage of The Reliant Rodeo Plan offerings.

My husband and I are Reliant customers and have been ever since we started living together years ago. We know we can always count on them for good pricing on our electricity bill and great customer service.

If you’re in the market for a new energy provider in the Houston area, give Reliant a try.

Some things we really appreciate about using Reliant as our energy provider is their online support and web platform. They make it easy for us to monitor our account and see what we’re spending. They call it “your energy dashboard” and keep it at your finger tips with apps for your smart phone or tablet.

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Other free tools offered by Reliant to help you better manage your home’s electricity usage include:

  • paperless billing
  • auto-pay options (credit card, debit card, or with an electronic check)
  • average billing
  • weekly summary e-mails sent directly to your inbox (you set up this customized report to see exactly the information you’d like to help you make better choices about your energy use – for example: comparisons of usage and costs, weather effects and projected bill estimates)
  • energywise® monthly newsletter so you can keep up with energy industry trends and receive energy-saving tips straight to your inbox

Win a $200 Justin® Boots Voucher!

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Enter for your chance to WIN a free pair of boots courtesy of NRG and Reliant. Enter the Rafflecopter below to score chances to win a Justin® Boots voucher worth $200 – just in time for Rodeo season!

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Very special thanks to NRG and Reliant for sponsoring this post and providing such an awesome prize for this giveaway!

Experiencing Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA – Houston Show Review

A few weeks ago, you might remember that I hosted a ticket giveaway for Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna under The Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. If you live in Houston, chances are, you’ve probably seen the billboards around town and the commercials on tv.

Sunday evening, I was lucky enough to attend the show with a friend of mine. This was both of our first time’s to experience a Cirque du Soliel show and I can honestly say, I’ve never seen anything like it before!

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AMALUNA was an amazing show from start to finish.

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As soon as you walk in to the venue, I noticed a really strong popcorn smell to set the circus mood. I was surprised to learn that’s actually done on purpose and is part of the Cirque production! How clever because I did get that circus sensation. Cirque du Soleil truly is an experience for all of the senses – even smell! Who knew?

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The music and visual aspects are absolutely enthralling.

The production team do a wonderful job of not only taking you to, but immersing you in the island of Amaluna. First, you meet a young, beautiful girl named Miranda and follow her as she falls in love with her Romeo. You meet a number of interesting characters along the way including her lizard friend, her protectors, and the island’s many beautiful goddesses.

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There are all kinds of acrobatic surprises throughout the show. These performers are absolutely incredible. It seems impossible some of the things they are able to do with their bodies.

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The cast represents seventeen different nationalities all represented by flags at the entrance of The Big Top. While majority of the performers are ex-gymnasts, each has their own speciality and contribute something entirely unique to the Amaluna show.

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You can catch AMALUNA in Houston through March 22, 2015! Get your tickets today!

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AMALUNA is a great show for the whole family but I also recommend it for a girl’s night out!

Unlike other Cirque du Soliel productions, this cast is 70% female including an all girl band (which sound awesome). There’s a definite sense of girl power behind this production and that is intentionally done by the show’s producers. It’s about time to let the girls shine! Amaluna is a prime example and celebration of the strength and beauty found in every woman.

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Thanks to Cirque du Soleil for providing the tickets for this review and sponsoring this post!

Have you seen AMALUNA? What’d you think of the show?

Newest H-E-B Houston Location Opens With First of its Kind, Table 57 Dining & Drinks

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of H-E-B.

My co-workers and I have patiently been anticipating the newest H-E-B location at 5895 San Felipe at Fountain View for months now. Literally, we’ve been watching its construction from our office building.

I knew this new store was going to be awesome and when I learned that it would have it’s very own, dine in restaurant, I was thrilled!

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Today, my husband, Dad, and I took a trip to visit the new store and have lunch at Table 57.

Newly opened on February 17th, both the store and restaurant were packed – as you can imagine they would be during opening weekend! But we were able to find parking within a few minutes of waiting. Worth mentioning is the parking lot’s wide lanes and wide parking spots… as someone with a visual handicap when it comes to driving, I super appreciate this!

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Dad & I ordered salads while my Hubby ordered a breakfast sandwich off their brunch menu. My Arugula Walnut with grilled shrimp added was really delicious. Very light, fresh, and tasty. I’ll definitely be back again soon to try other healthy menu options.

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The Table 57 menu has a large variety of items to chose from including appetizers, salads, sandwiches, main entrees, and even BBQ which is slow roasted on-site with Texas oak for up to 13 hours.

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Another great feature about the Table 57 menu is that they offer Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. including everything from a creative take on chicken and waffles to breakfast sandwiches and mimosas to their very unique (and so not on my diet plan) Cinnamon Roll-Bacon Bananas Foster.

Table 57 Dining & Drinks also hosts Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. along with the following specials:

  • Monday: Bite Night – receive $1 off all Small Bites (appetizer menu)
  • Tuesday: Burger Night – $7 burgers all night long
  • Wednesday: Wine Down Wednesdays – half price bottles of selected wines
  • Thursday: Kids Eat Free – receive 1 kid’s meal for free with the purchase of an $8 adult entree
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday: enjoy live music on the patio
  • Happy Hour Specials: $1 off Texas Craft Beer (they have 8 rotating local Texas craft beers at all times to chose from), WINE by the Glass & Wine Cocktails

The casual atmosphere of the restaurant and out door patio are very inviting. I’m looking forward to meeting friends for lunch or enjoy an after hours Happy Hour with my co-workers.

It doesn’t get anymore convenient when you want to dine out and then do groceries right after!

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After we enjoyed our lunch, we went straight to grocery shopping and checking out the new store. I was SO impressed. Honestly, I’ve never been in a more aesthetically pleasing store before. I’m a big fan of the fun, bright signage everywhere. And the store is HUGE.

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With a tremendous selection of everything from fresh produce, organic foods, a juicing station, meat market, a gluten-free department, a dedicated healthy living section with unique and hard to come by items all in one place,  beers and wines including a really nice wine tasting bar, and even a hummus bar to create your own perfect recipe – this new H-E-B Tanglewood Court store location has everything you need and more.

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When I saw their floral department, Blooms, as I walked in, my mouth dropped.

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I was in floral heaven, for sure. Not to mention, that I’m absolutely obsessed with having fresh flowers in our home as much as possible now.

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Plus, they’ve got a really cute little area for wedding gifts, goodies, and more.

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I’m so excited to have this new H-E-B finally open up and it looks like the rest of Houston is pretty darn excited about it, too! #iLOVEmyHEB

I feel really lucky to have this gorgeous store less than a mile away from my work place. I’ll be back very soon!

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I also happened to run into Scott McClelland!

He’s the President of the Houston division of H-E-B and Central Market, but you may know him as the face of H-E-B and recognize him from their commercials, too. He was so very nice to take this picture with me and give a huge thumbs up for the new San Felipe location! Thanks, Scott!

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Thanks again to H-E-B for sponsoring this post. All photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

As a proud fur baby mom, I always want to make sure I am keeping my girls as healthy as possible. But sometimes, when we tend to think about our animals’ health – teeth and gums get forgotten!

Did you know this month is National Pet Dental Health Month?

This initiative is all about raising awareness about the importance of keeping your pet’s mouth as clean and healthy as possible. Pets definitely need dental care, too!

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Here’s a great article from the ASPCA about caring for your pooch’s champers: Ten Steps to Your Dog’s Dental Health

This article cites how chew toys can help keep your pup’s mouth healthy.

Chew toys can satisfy your dog’s natural desire to chomp, while making his teeth strong. Gnawing on a chew toy can also help massage his gums and help keep his teeth clean by scraping away soft tartar. Ask your vet to recommend toxin-free rawhide, nylon and rubber chew toys.

P.S.: Gnawing also reduces your dog’s overall stress level, prevents boredom and gives him an appropriate outlet for his natural need to chew.

SOURCE:  ASPCA

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I agree! My dog, Chloe, absolutely loves her chew toys and recently, we found a new one that truly is designed to keep her teeth clean and healthy… meet the Nylabone!

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The Nylabone helps clean your dog’s teeth and reduces tartar build up and plaque.

These doggie dental chew toys made in the USA and are recommended by veterinarians! I know my golden retriever absolutely loves hers. I also like feeling really good about giving her this specific chew toy because I know it’s doing her pearly whites a world of good. Plus, they come in fun dinosaur shapes – which your kids and/or husband will think is cool… mine does!

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Nylabones are available at Chewey.com – Where Pet Lovers Shop. This online pet store is awesome and carries a wide variety of products. They will ship directly to you without any hassles. Also shipping is FREE for any order over $49.

Are you proactive about your pet’s health? What do you do to take care of their teeth?

Special thanks to Chewey.com for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own (and Chloe’s). ;)

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