Sunday, October 16, 2016

13th Floor Haunted House

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to experience 13th Floor Haunted House, with three friends, at no cost. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

Who doesn't want to get out of their comfort zone on a Thursday night? Last week, I visited the Number One Hunted House in America and had a blast! 

Photo from

It definitely pays to go to a haunted house with people who are more scared than you are. That way you can just go along and enjoy the show. Plus if you tell them your friends name they will yell it the entire time, totally freaking your friend out even more. For example, in the hotel section we could hear "your room is ready Gina" as we walked down the halls.

L-R: Samantha, Gina, Me and Anthony 

Some areas of the house are scarier than others. For me, the side, big black tubes and completely dark rooms were the most terrifying. Tip: wear something cool and comfortable.     

The after photo! 

Get in the Halloween spirit and head on over to 13th Floor Haunted House San Antonio. Be sure to bring a friend to hold on to! General admission is $24.99 and well worth it for the 45-60mins of fear. 

Photo from 13th Floor Haunted House Facebook Page 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

30 Before 30

I didn't realize I was entering my last year of my 20's until I walked into work and my co-worker yelled, "how old are you?" searching for the answer it suddenly hit me that I was 29. 2-9. Thoughts like what am I doing with my life started to fill my head. To help ease the pain and honestly get my 29-year-old butt off the couch, I created a 30 things to do before I'm 30 list. Ill update this post with my adventures as I cross them off the list. 

1. Donate Hair: I currently look like a Dugger daughter y'all 
Hair Chop Dec 7th 

2. Sky Dive: I'm ringing in my 30th year by jumping out of a perfectly good plane  

Skydiving with my sister on August 13th 

3. Be Published: Even if it is just in a well-known blog 
My name in print Summer Edition of Localeur Magazine 

Check me out on the Localeur website

4. Buy a Car and Finance it Myself: Hi working air conditioning 

Meet Blue Steel March 4th 

5. Climb Enchanted Rock: Ive always wanted to

Trip with my mom and sisters on May 25th 

6. Take a Cooking Class: How have I not done this yet?

Sur la Table Cookie Class on May 25th 

7. Host Thanksgiving Dinner: I hope you're hungry 

Thanksgiving Dinner with 2 Lackland Trainees on Nov 24th

8. Vote: Ive never voted. Please don't judge me. 

I did it! Early Voting Oct 26th 

9. Go to a College Football Game (Not UTSA): I love the roadrunners and all but lets mix it up a bit  

Texas Tech Game Sept 17th
10. Visit Magnolia Market: Getting waco in waco.  

Trip to Waco with my mom Nov 5th 

11. Girls trip to Fredericksburg: Wine! 

Shout Out to Scott Our Tour Guide Oct 23rd 

12. Do Something Kind for a Stranger: Pretty self explanatory  

If you play your violin in the Target parking lot you're
going to get a little something-something from me 

13. Be a Vegetarian for a Week: Because why not? 

Vegetarian Stir Fry 

14. Make Sushi: Cue Samantha from the Sex in the City movie minus the nakedness   

Toolbox Girls Sleepover Homemade Sushi on Dec 23rd  

15. Road Trip: Are we there yet?  

Road Trip to Lubbock, Texas Sept 17th 

16. Write Someone a Letter: Coming soon to a mailbox near you.  

Letter to Kylie Grace on June 15th

17. Volunteer for ACPBR: Who doesn't want to be around pit bulls! 

I am now an ACPBR Board Member. Photo taken Oct 1st

18. Deliver Food to the Homeless

Man Outside My Toolbox Window Oct 25

19. Walk More: Basically get off the couch more  

Afternoon Walk On The Riverwalk Sept 20th

20. Attend an Out of State Girls Trip: Flying the friendly skies 

Charleston, SC April 28th-30th 

21. Get a Tattoo: Can you hold my hand? 

Doomsday Tattoo: Feb 2nd 

22. Make a Candle: Im a girl, I like candles 

Warm Vanilla Sugar Cookie Candles on June 10th 

23. Shoot Something: Pew Pew Pew 

When in doubt, shoot it out Feb 11th 

24. Get a Blow Out: After I cut my hair  

Blown Beautiful on June 17th  

25. Create my own Signature Cocktail: *Shakes Cocktail Shaker* 

Summer Beer for everyone July 29th

26. Be a Tourist in my Own Town: Remember the Alamo 

Walk to San Fernando Cathedral on Sept 30th  

27. Buy Myself Flowers and Arrange Them: I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T 

Flowers on May 27th 

28. Do Something Out of my Comfort Zone: Visit a Haunted House

13th Floor Haunted House on Oct 6th 

29. Visit my state Capitol: Keep Austin Weird! Check 

My mom and I on Sept 10th

30. Volunteer More: Give back 

Pinups For Pitbulls Team July 15

Stay Tuned! 


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Red, White and Blue Jello Shots

I whipped these beauties up for a Memorial Day pool party but they are perfect for 4th of July as well. 

You will need: 
30-40 1oz plastic cups. Sold in the paper product section of grocery stores. 
3oz box of strawberry Jello
3oz box of berry blue Jello 
2 2/3 cups vodka or tequila, flavored or not
2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons water 
2/3 heavy cream 
2/3 cup milk 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 1/2 teaspoons Knox gelatin 

To make the blue layer:  
1) Heat 1 cup water, add berry blue Jello mix, stir until dissolved. 
2) Add 1 cup vodka, stir. 
3) Remove from heat and let cool. 
4) Distribute evenly into 1oz cups, filling only 1/3 full, then refrigerate until set. 

To make the white layer:  
1) Place Knox gelatin powder and 1 1/2 tablespoons water in a small bowl. let soak for 5 minutes to allow gelatin to bloom. 
2) In a medium saucepan, heat cream, milk, sugar and vanilla to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 
3) Remove from heat, add gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
4) Add 2/3 cup vodka  
5) Let cool 10-15 minutes before pouring over blue layer. 

To make the white layer:  
1) Heat 1 cup water, add strawberry Jello mix, stir until dissolved. 
2) Add 1 cup vodka, stir. 
3) Remove from heat and let cool. 
4) Distribute evenly into 1oz cups, filling only 1/3 full, then refrigerate until set. 


Monday, June 13, 2016

Casa Blanca: Santikos Newest Theatre

I received compensation in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own. 

I recently had the opportunity to tour and learn more about Santikos newest theatre, Casa Blanca. Casa Blanca is so much more than a theatre. 

Casa Blanca has 16 bowling lanes. Enjoy either before or after your movie watching experience. 

Full-service sports bar. Drinks purchased can be brought into any movie. That means mom can enjoy a glass of wine while the kids enjoy Finding Dory on the big screen. 

Speaking of big screen, check out the 100% laser projection multiplex screen. Thats a 6' 5" man standing down there. Im sitting half way up and I couldn't even capture the full screen. 

Moviegoers can enjoy in-theatre dining with an upscale menu and recliner with oversized seating. 

Santikos is more than just great movies. Santikos Entertainment now exists for the sole benefit of the communities in which it operates. Dollars spent on movie tickets and amenities are funneled back into the local community in the form of donations, sponsorships, grants and programming that educate, cure, support and otherwise enhance lives of the citizens that support Santikos Entertainment. Santikos will donate $12 million to the community this year alone. Which translates to $400,000 a week for the community over the next 10 years. 

Now it's your turn to experience Santikos. Im giving one lucky reader 4 VIP tickets good for any movie at any Santikos theatre. Give-a-way ends on Friday, June 17th. Winner will be notified by email and has one week to claim their tickets. 

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Red, White and Blue Dessert

Whip up these red, white and blue treats for the long weekend. Keep this recipe handy for the 4th of July.

1 lb Strawberries
1 Carton Blueberries
1 Tub of Philadelphia Cheesecake or Homemade Cheesecake
1 Wilton Piping Bag
1 Wilton 32 Icing Tip

Step 1) Wash the Strawberries and pat dry

Step 2) Cut the tops off the berries, don't cut too far

Step 3) Place the berry flat on a cutting board, cut an X in the top of the berry, do not go all the way down

Step 4) Place tip inside piping bag and fill a piping bag with cheesecake

Step 5) Put icing tip inside X cut into the strawberry, start piping cheesecake moving upwards

Step 6) Finish with a blueberry on top of cheesecake

Step 7) Enjoy!