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BOGO at Medieval Times this Spring Break

By Laurie | March 19, 2015

Are you looking for something to entertain your family (and yourself) this Spring Break? Look no further than Medieval Times! They are offering Buy One Full Price Adult Admission and get the other FREE through May 3, 2015. The Dallas Castle is one of my very favorite places in the city to visit and no doubt it will become one of yours too.

Experience The Excitement of Medieval Times this Spring Break. A Four-course feast awaits as you watch the pageantry and thrills of an authentic medieval tournament come to life inside the walls of the King’s 11th Century Style Castle. Six armor-clad Knights of the realm compete in thrilling games on horseback as the pageant unfolds and cheers of the King’s noble guests fill the arena. Skill and strength are measured in the combat. Discover which of the Knights shall become champion.

In addition to two hours of action packed live entertainment and complementary parking, your ticket also includes a hearty four-course meal prepared by His Majesty’s master chefs. To get the special buy one full-priced admission and receive the second admission of equal or less value free, you must mention or enter code BOGORB at time of purchase. It is not valid with other discounts, offers or group rates or for Saturday shows at the Buena Park location. Make your reservations by calling 1-888-935-6978 or visit

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I was provided with the promotional information included and will receive tickets for a future performance Medieval Times. The opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint

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Thank-you for your support!

By Laurie | October 15, 2013

I am very excited to announce that I have completed the fundraising minimum for the 2013 Komen 3-Day for the Cure! I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me by donating and offering support this year. It has been tough and there have been some setbacks. I am still looking forward to having a completely different experience and meeting new people in a few weeks (November 1-3). I will most likely post pictures here after the event, but for immediate photos and news during the 3-Day you may want to follow my Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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Chevy After Dark at the State Fair of Texas

By Laurie | October 8, 2013

The wonderful people at Chevy invited me to the State Fair of Texas again this year. We had the opportunity to join them at the Test Track for Chevy After Dark.

The track had changed a little bit from previous years, and actually included a new one for the Silverado pickup too. We were instructed to take our hands off the wheel and even drove up a huge ramp with the Texas Star lit up as the backdrop. It was definitely a good time!

We also drove a new Corvette, but we couldn’t ride together since there had to have a Chevy co-pilot in order to drive one of these. They are definitely a pretty car (and super low to the ground), but if I had to choose I’d probably go with the truck which is a big surprise to even me!

They also had a breast cancer Camaro Pace Car on display, so of course I couldn’t resist a quick photo opp with it on the way out.

Thanks again to Chevy for this fun experience. Hope to see you again next year!

Disclosure: I was not monetarily compensated for this post. I did receive complementary access to this event and a gift of tickets/coupons to return to the State Fair of Texas on a different day.

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Medieval Times MEDI-A day at Chapel Creek Ranch

By Laurie | June 23, 2013

A few weeks ago Medieval Times invited Dave and I to a media and press day at their ranch in Sanger to celebrate the 30th birthday of the company. It’s no secret the Dallas castle is among my very places to visit with friends and family in the area, so I was thrilled to get a behind the scenes tour of both the ranch as well as the castle itself.

We started the tour by meeting at the castle and were greeted by King Carlos and Princess Catalina themselves, as well as trumpeters and a chartered party bus that drove us to the ranch in Denton County. It was a rainy day, but squires with flags lined the driveway to welcome us, as did many of 350 beautiful horses who call Chapel Creek Ranch their home.

We were treated to a wonderful barbeque meal and even a few items from their new vegan menu. I tried the new Three-Bean Vegetable Stew and it was delicious and filling. I love the traditional tomato soup, chicken and ribs meal, but I could definitely change it up and chow down on some stew next time we visit.

The new vegan meal also includes Fire Roasted Tomatoes served with pita, raw veggies and hummus. I am sure that their vegan customers will appreciate the alteration to the traditional menu too.

After lunch we walked across the property with the horses to the arena where we were introduced to the head knight, Crew Wiard, and head horse trainer, Javier Ortiz.

We were given a live fighting sequence demonstrations from the knights and learned about the different types of weaponry used during battle. Did you know that each knight must pass a physical fitness test and train a minimum of six months before he is able to perform in an actual show?

We also viewed a riding demonstration from Victor Lara, the director of Equestrian Management and the execution of a capriole by Javier Ortiz and one of the magnificent horses. We were also introduced to several of the youngest members of the Medieval Times family, some of this Spring’s 22 new foals born on the ranch.

We ended the day after arriving back at the castle with an exclusive tour of the backstage area, a question and answer with the castle’s falconer, and a tour of the stables and kitchen. Have you ever wondered how Medieval Times Dallas is able to serve up to 300,000 four-course meals each year (1,000 meals each performance) simultaneously without skipping a beat? We now know their secret.

It was such a fun and magical day and definitely made me wish I had a job at Medieval Times. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and it is truly contagious. Thanks to Jon Speier, Senior Vice President of the Dallas castle (and of course King Carlos) for the invitation and wonderful experience.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a gift bag at the event with promotional items and tickets to return to Medieval Times for a future performance.

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Dishwashing made simple with Cascade Platinum #MyPlatinum

By Laurie | June 23, 2013

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

One of my least favorite chores growing up was washing dishes. We had a dishwasher, but it never really seemed to get our plates and glasses completely clean, so I ended up just having to rewash everything by hand. In recent years, it seems we have to pre-wash everything before loading the dishwasher and sometimes things still needed to be cleaned again before being put away.

Since being introduced to Cascade Platinum, pre-washing and after-washing is a thing of the past. It’s hard to believe that one little colorful “pac” can get a whole load of dishes, glasses, pots, pans, and silverware sparkling clean.

I love that it is able to scrub away tough 24 hour stuck-on food with little to no effort on our part. I’m also lucky because Dave usually will take care of loading and unloading the dishwasher, so he’s no doubt enjoying having less work to do thanks to this new product. We were already using dish washing tablets, but these will definitely be our new go-to product once we run out of the sample we received. Our dishes are noticeably more clean with less residue, streaks and film than anything we’ve used before.

Did you know that Top Chef Judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, has partnered with Cascade? Since the popularity of Instagram, more and more people are posting pictures of their food, and she is helping share the idea that food presentation is as important as preparation. You can view more videos on the Cascade Facebook page.

Speaking of posting pictures, I’ve been known to add a photo or two of my meals online. Each week Cascade is encouraging fans to upload photos related to their weekly theme during their #MyPlatinum Instagram Contest. Best of all, there are prizes involved, and don’t we all love prizes?! Yes, we do! Need a brand new Whirlpool
dishwasher? What about a Platinum kitchen makeover? Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. (Make sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade). You still have a few weeks to participate!

· Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23)
Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!
· Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30)
Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!
· Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)

Good Luck and Bon Appétit!

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