May 21, 2015



FORT WORTH, TX – The Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa, one of the city’s largest for guest rooms and meeting space, has completed a multi-million dollar, property-wide transformation in order to meet the needs of groups, individual business travelers and weekend leisure guests.

The longtime Fort Worth property was transformed in every way – all-new guest rooms and suites featuring the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, new furnishings, new bath amenities, carpet and lighting; transformed Club Level guest rooms and Club Lounge; enhanced and re-named meeting spaces, an all-new Lobby Bar and lobby-level Perks breakfast and lunch bistro.

Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa hotel room featuring two queen beds

The hotel also added two first-floor meeting spaces, a Screening Room for social gatherings and a board room for smaller meetings, while expanding its The Link@Sheraton Experienced with Microsoft where guests enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access, printing capabilities and charging stations.

“Feedback from our guests has been terrific,” notes John Yeung, general manager of the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa. “They’re delighted to have a brand-new, downtown hotel walking distance to the Convention Center and minutes from local attractions.”
The property-wide facelift also is welcome news at the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau as the organization now can tout the all-new hotel and its proximity to the Fort Worth Convention Center when it presents the city to convention planners.

“A renovated, full-service hotel near the Convention Center is a huge plus when it comes to attracting large groups,” says Bob Jameson, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Sheraton will now be an even greater benefit when pitching city-wide meetings.”

The 429-room Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa offers seven room types, including the largest guest rooms in the city, according to Yeung. 

The property is the only Fort Worth hotel offering the Starwood Preferred Guest program where guests can earn and redeem points across nine brands at more than 1,100 hotels in 100 countries. It also is the only full-service hotel in Fort Worth managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts which assumed management of the property in 2013.
Other features at the hotel include the Spa Beaubelle, offering a full range of treatments for guests and local residents, 24-hour fitness facility, indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna and a three-meal restaurant.

Located downtown at 1701 Commerce Street, the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa is minutes from Sundance Square, TCU, Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Cultural District, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Stockyards and other attractions. It also is convenient to AT&T Stadium, Rangers Ballpark and Six Flags Over Texas via nearby Interstate 35 and Interstate 30.

Guests also can board the city’s free, vintage-style Molly The Trolley to get around downtown with daily service from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. A trolley pick-up spot is located just outside the hotel.

The Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company. 
For more information, go to or call 817-335-7000.

May 19, 2015


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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We are taking the family pledge by disconnecting my computer and our phones at 7 pm or earlier every night this week. My family will pop some popcorn and watch a movie together. Our favorite JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is the traditional popcorn where you cook it right on the stove top. My son loves to watch daddy shake that pan!!
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May 18, 2015

Monster Tree House Club - A Fun Pen Pal Program for Ages 3 - 8

This is a sponsored post by Monster Tree House Club. Any personal opinions reflected in this post are truly my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor.

The Monster Tree House Club (MTHC) is a reading program for children ages preschool to 4th grade (3 - 8 yrs). They use fictional characters to get children interested in reading and writing. Engaging content will keep your child interested and productive. MTHC believes every child is a genius and it is up to us to help them find it and bring it out! I can't agree more. MTHC ships out books, projects, DVDs and other goodies monthly for children to get inspired! See here what Brody has received so far.

Brody's 1st Mail.
Child coloring a Monster Tree House Club color sheet

Monster Tree House Club is simple to get started. First, you'll order a kit, your kit arrives, and your child will begin to be engaged. MTHC will stay engaged with your child as long as they are in the program. So letters and fun mail will go back and forth. Brody then colors a page or what ever is asked of him and we send it back. It's such a great program. Brody has enjoyed getting letters from Jayden.

Brody's 2nd Mail.

Inside this priority envelope was a letter from Jayden, An introduction of all the cast members, coloring pages, a DVD and a book that goes together, some pens and a couple of wrist bands that say Monster Tree House Club.

The story lasted 23 mins and had Brody's attention the whole time. He loved following along in the book and seeing the pictures in the book on the screen. I was hoping for more pictures in the book since kids this age love picture books!

Brody starts Kindergarten in August of this year and I want to prepare him for it. I can't think of a better way than with a reading program like Monster Tree House Club. Preschool taught him to spell and write his name, and they started on a few sight words. It's mine and Tracy's job this summer to prepare him for "real" school.  

Tracy and I went to Meet the Teacher night at his new school a couple of weeks ago and in the meeting one of the teachers told us parents that each child should know or at least be familiar with how to say and write the ABC's, spell their name correctly, how to count. Brody is well on his way, and we feel good about is learning ability they told us a few things that each child needs to know or should be familiar with before school begins. 

Brody is working on a couple of color pages to send back to MTHC. He will be waiting patiently for his 3rd mail!!! Thank you Monster Tree House Club! Get your child reading...check them out today!!!

"Children love receiving mail and each of our letters are tailored to your child. We never use form letters and we read every letter that comes in and respond accordingly."

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May 17, 2015

Being an Older Parent is Easier....Or Is it?

I have partnered with Sisterhood of Motherhood as a sponsored blog partner. 
All writings are my own view and my own opinions. #SisterhoodUnite #ParentsFirst

It was January 6, 2010 when this little guy came to live with us. Though he is my grandson, (having raised my first son when I was younger), I had forgotten what it was like to have a newborn in the house, much less raise one. Now that my husband and I are his permanent parents, I often wonder if I'm doing the right thing by not telling Brody upfront who his real parents were. Either way, parenting is hard. I'm almost convinced being an older parent is easier...or it it?  

Baby boy laying on his back asleep in bassinet.

Being an "older" parent has its pros and cons as does being a younger parent. I know, I've been both! I can tell you though, I'm definitely much more knowledgeable this time around, and more firm, and I have more money in the bank! You would think I'd have more patience being older and wiser, right? I thought so too when we first got Brody at 5 weeks old, but once he hit the toddler stage and he was running...not patience drew weary. 

One thing that's not so good being middle-aged and raising a child is my lack of ability to keep up with him. My energy level is not what it use to far. The fact that I've hit the menopause years doesn't help either. Brody definitely loses out on backyard playing time with me, especially when it's hot outside - I just can't take the heat. Glad to have my husband around for that (he's younger then me...with lots of energy).  

Luckily now, verses when I was a younger parent, I don't get judged about my parenting style, at least I don't think I do. If it does happen, I know how to deal with it. However, I do remember writing on Facebook a while back about making the decision not to tell Brody about where he came from until he got old enough to understand. Someone that I did not know commented saying that she would have been upfront with him from the beginning. No one knows the all story, so I'm hoping people will support our decision and pray for us. For the most part all I get is praise about taking my grandson in as if he were our own. 

When I was a mom the first time at 19 I was judged to my face and behind my back. Remembering back then, I didn't take it very well, but I also had no knowledge of how to deal with criticism. So, after writing all this, I'd have to say for me, being an older wiser parent is better because of all the knowledge I have gained through the years. But, we all know LOVE is all children need!

With this being my 2nd blog post to write about the Sisterhood of Motherhood (SoM) movement, I'm finding that I have a great deal of respect for Similac for putting it together. Not only have I read awesome testimonials, and have learned a thing or two, I've realized that I am a credible source behind SoM and I'm proud to be! It's important that we look beyond our differences and concentrate on raising our children. 

To read my 1st blog post on introducing SoM, and to see the humorous video that Similac put out about different parenting styles, jump here and be sure to read its entirely for a better understanding of the SoM movement. 

Here's our little guy now at age 5. He will be starting Kindergarten in time flies by! 

Sometimes we forget how important and meaningful it is to be supportive and offer encouragement. So let's join together and continue to accept and support one another as parents, and by doing so we will make this world a better place to raise our children!! Who's with me?


Question for my readers: I've shared with you about being an older parent...with no energy!! What's your perspective on raising any age?

Similac partnered with bloggers such as me for its Sisterhood of Motherhood Program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac's policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

May 16, 2015

Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 5/17/15

Mommie..Again AND Christy's Cozy Corners are Sunday Stroll's permanent Co-Host. Sorry, I didn't have this up last Sunday, we were on vacation! I'm back and ready to roll!!

Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed.

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