OH, For The Love of Smoothies

When we moved to the OKC area 5+ years ago, there were many things that we missed. Of course, our family and friends were on the top of the list. But we missed other simple things like the grocery store that we had become accustomed too, the restaurants that we frequented that aren’t in OK.

So when traveling back to Texas, we made it a point to stop in at our favorite places while we were there visiting family and friends. It’s funny that they all new when we were coming for a visit, where we’d want to eat.

While I was in Texas a few months ago visiting my parents, my husband called me. Upon answer he said, “You’ll never guess what I just found”!
I couldn’t imagine what he’d “found” since he’s always on Craigslist on the hunt for his next bargain. So when he told me I was surprised.

He said, “OKC has a Smoothie King now”.

I really thought he was kidding. Then I thought, surely it is just another smoothie place. Nope, he texted me a picture and sure enough it’s a Smoothie King!

Oh my goodness. I love Smoothie King. It is a place that I have missed having from when we lived in Texas. I even looked into starting up a franchise when we moved here. But, that was more costly than I imagined.

But, I am oh so glad that someone had it in their budget to open not one, but two locations. The OKC location is a bit of a drive for me but I admit that I made the trip a few times. That is until the Edmond location opened just a few weeks ago.

Now I feel like saying, “Hello, my name is Tamara and I have a Smoothie addition”. I had at least 2 smoothies last week. On a side note, they’re great when you’re feeling under the weather. Can I use that as my excuse for now?

Do you like smoothies? Have you tried Smoothie Kind smoothies? Which is your favorite flavor?

This is not an ad of any kind, just my personal opinion. But I still wanted to share the addresses with you so you could try them out. And don’t forget to let me know what you think after you’ve tried a smoothie from there.

Oklahoma City Location
5921 SW 3rd Street, OKC
Or
Edmond Location
1585 S Broadway, Edmond

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This is Day 2 of my personal writing challenge

Seasonal Allergies in OKC, Scotties Facial Tissue Review

OKC Love Image

Well, it is official.

We have lived in OKC for 5 years now! But technically, my kids and I didn’t relocate here until the first weekend in August even though my husband started work here July 12th, 5 years ago. But little did we know at that time that Oklahoma City was rated in the top 10 worst cities that will experience the worst spring time allergies. But really, OKC is in the top 3. We still love it here in OKC, even if it is listed in the top 3 cities for the worst spring allergies.

Look at this list! Are you in one of the top 10 cities that experience the worst spring allergies?

Jacksonville, MS *worst*
Louisville, KY
Oklahoma City, OK
Memphis, TN
Knoxville, TN
McAllen, TX
Wichita, KS
Dayton, OH
Providence, RI
Richmond, VA

My family suffers from seasonal allergies and my 2 boys also suffer from asthma. The seasonal allergies tend to trigger the asthma. We do our best to keep things under control, but there are times and situations where we have to be prepared for the stuffy, running nose, and itchy watery eyes, etc.

Many teenagers look for ways to earn a little cash during the summer months. Not only does it keep a few dollars in their pockets, but it teaches them some responsibility and it’s even better when it keeps them from getting bored or getting into trouble.

My teenage son is no different. He has wanted to earn his own money since he was a youngster. But to do so, he had to resort to lawn-care jobs, cleaning up buildings, etc. Because let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of options for teenagers until they are 16-18 years old. Yes, those are the places that have additional allergy triggers. From dust, molds, pollen, grasses, etc.

Even though my older son is 18 now, he still has work responsibilities and it consists of lawn-care and cleaning up during the summer. Because we prefer that he concentrate on school during the school year and working for himself during the summer months gives him flexibility. So it is not unusual for him to come in after a long day with itchy, watery eyes and stuffy, runny nose. I thought I would share a few of the things that he does to fight allergy season.

He will take an antihistamine in the morning and a decongestant at night. Drinking plenty of water and eating right, including plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. We wash bedding and towels in hot water, regularly. Wiping down surfaces to free them of dust, like counters, dressers, window blinds, ceiling fans, etc. We vacuum regularly too, because if you’re dusting it’s falling to the floor! We no longer have indoor plants (except for the occasional flowers that my husband brings home “just because” :-) ). We have also gotten rid of things like stuffed animals, fabric furniture, etc. as these items tend to have allergens that are hard to wash away. We also keep the mattress and pillow covered in an allergen-free cover. Wearing good sunglasses and a dust-mask when outdoors. Another thing that we feel is very helpful is for him to shower immediately after coming in from work. This removes the dirt, dust, grass, and other things that have collected on his skin while he has been exposed to the elements allergens that trigger the symptoms.

Even as hard as we try, he does still suffer from seasonal allergies at times. That is why we keep Scotties Facial Tissues on hand. And we are also stirring up a lot of dust at our new home (more details to come), so these tissues are real handy right now. I love the aloe lotion enriched Scotties Facial Tissues. You know that seasonal allergies (and household dust) typically equal a raw nose from all of the rubbing and wiping. Well Scotties Facial Tissues that are aloe lotion enriched are awesome. These 3-ply tissues are strong, yet still soft for that delicate skin. These are a must have from anyone that suffers from seasonal allergies, flu symptoms, etc. These would also be a great item to send to the school since they ask for facial tissue as part of the school supply list. Because we know that once school starts, so do the runny noses.

Scotties Facial Tissues Aloe Lotion

Scotties Facial Tissues w Aloe Lotion

Have you tried these 3-ply aloe lotion enriched Scotties Facial Tissues? What are some ways that you deal with seasonal allergies?

I was given 3-ply aloe lotion enriched Scotties Facial Tissues in exchange for a review. The review is my honest opinion as well as all details included here.

Here is the Scotties Facial Tissue website

And don’t forget to follow them on social media

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When I clicked on their website, I noticed that right now you can register to win prizes right now as well as sign up for newsletters and savings. I don’t like getting a lot of junk email, but when there are savings and rewards I certainly don’t mind.

If you’re looking for additional information for the allergy suffers in your family, look here.

Allergy Fighting Tricks

Which City is the worst for spring allergies?

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Main Event Entertainment, Tulsa Opening & Contest

Main Event OKC Bowling Area

Are you a Main Event Entertainment fan? Are you looking for family, friendly fun?!

If you don’t know about Main Event Entertainment yet, then you should. It is the fastest-growing, bowling-anchored entertainment center in America. And Main Event Entertainment is opening their 20th location in Tulsa!

To celebrate the opening of their 20th location, Main Event Entertainment is having a contest where fans everywhere have an opportunity to win.

So, whether you are in Tulsa or not, you can enter to win just by helping them spread the word!

Here is how to enter to win:
From now through April 21st
To enter for a chance to win, fans everywhere can retweet Main Event’s posts or post unique content of their own using the hashtags
#EatBowlPlay, #Tulsa20.

What you can win:
In total, 400 prizes will be given away during the contest period. The prizes range from free video game play, rounds of bowling, free laser tag and free food from its full-service restaurant and bar.

AND. . . . . ”Drum roll”

One lucky grand prize winner will receive an “Eat.Bowl.Play.” party for 20 at the Main Event of their choice. Wouldn’t this be awesome?!

Come back to let me know if you win something!

Don’t forget to follow them on social media

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The contest is not on Facebook specifically, however I know they would love it if you would follow them & share on Facebook about the contest. Don’t forget to use the hastags when sharing.

Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Tasting Party

Who loves Chick-fil-A?

Have you tried their new menu items?

If you haven’t stick around to find out how you could possible earn a card for up to 3 free sandwiches!

Chickfila FREE Single Card

I was thrilled when Mom It Forward asked me to host a Grilled Chicken Tasting Party at the end of April. The Party was held at the Edmond North location at 1210 E 2nd Street, Edmond, OK. The presenter of the Grilled Chicken Tasting Party was Katie, Marketing Director for this location. She did a wonderful job telling us about the new menu items and showing us around. She even answered all of our questions and she gets an A+ for putting up with our rowdy bunch. Ok, the only rowdy one in the bunch was my husband, because he thinks he needs to give everyone a hard time! Luckily she was a good sport. ;-)

How do you eat healthy when eating on the go, keeping in mind that it still needs to be packed with flavor?

Chick-fil-A is making that easier with their new menu items including the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, and the Grilled Nuggets. They also offer a Grilled Chicken Wrap, or choose one of 3 wonderful salads.

Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Tasting Party Menu Items

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party Menu

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party Info

The night of the Grilled Chicken Tasting Party I tried the Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich. I thought it was really yummy! Probably will be a lot easier to eat once my braces come off. My husband selected the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and he enjoyed it! Another guest chose the Grilled Chicken Wrap and although she enjoyed it, she felt that it had too much lettuce for her. But we all really enjoyed our meals and were able to select a dessert.

Check out Chick-fil-A

Have you tried any of their new menu items? What is your favorite Chick-fil-A item(s)? If you’re like me it is hard to pick just one favorite!

How would you like to get a FREE sandwich from Chick-fil-A? Please make sure that you have a local Chick-fil-A. Then, all you have to do is like this FB page OKC Mom of 3 AND be one of the first 6 to comment on this FB Post. I will then contact you through PM (private message) to get a mailing address. I will mail out one card to you immediately, depending on where you live and the good ‘ol postal service you could have it w/i a couple of days. I could mail it by 5pm today & hopefully you would have it on Friday or Saturday. Yes, of course you’d have to use it immediately to get the FREE May Sandwich, but Chick-fil-A is good anytime!!

That was easy! Wasn’t it? :-)

Don’t forget to follow Chick-fil-A North Edmond on social media

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Instagram
Facebook

Chickfila Edmond North Social Media Card

Chickfila FREE Cards
Here are some pictures from the event. Lovely little paper caps too, huh?! ;-)

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party 2

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party 3

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party 4

It’s Time, Run or Dye OKC

Are you looking for something fun & colorful to do this summer?

Do you love rainbows?

How about the opportunity to paint your own rainbow, of sorts!

And just when you thought you couldn’t get any more colorful, now you can cross the finish line at the Run Or Dye OKC right in the middle of the color-storm at the Finish Festival.

Don’t forget to invite your friends to enjoy the rainbow. You can wear costumes or you may choose to be a white canvas.

The Run or Dye is the world’s most colorful 5K and it is headed to OKC, Dead Woods Haunted Forest on July 26, 2014.

So bring all of your family and friends to run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy the world-famous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the sky (not to mention all of your friends) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun.

Use the code: BLOGOKC to save another $5 off of the admission. CODE EXPIRES Jul 18th

If you join a team you can save another $5 for a total savings of $10 for the Oklahoma City Run or Dye

The Run or Dye is absolutely for everyone and so much fun! Whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an avid marathon runner, you’ll love the atmosphere and experience at Run or Dye. You’re welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip your way to the finish line. And Run or Dye is family-friendly – kids 6 and under participate for FREE and do not require registration.

*Who wants to run, walk, skip, etc on my team? If you’re interested please comment below so that I can get that all put together!!! I think it will be so much fun! And don’t forget, a few of you mentioned that you’d come join the fun next time! It’s already here!!!

How about an opportunity to win a code for a FREE admission to the Run or Dye OKC, July 26, 2014?

The Giveaway ends 7/06/2014 at 11:59pm. Winner will receive the code via email within 48 hours of the end of the Giveaway.

Enter here:

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And don’t forget to follow Run Or Dye on their Social Media

Run Or Dye Facebook Group

Additional Links to RunOrDye
Hashtags #RunOrDyeOKC

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Run Or Dye YouTube

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Sesame Street Live OKC, Giveaway

Sesame Street Live

Have you heard the news? Sesame Street Live: “Make a New Friend” is coming to Oklahoma City! Yes that’s right! Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the rest of the gang are headed to Oklahoma City to perform at the Cox Convention Center.

Which character do your kids love most?

When my youngest was about 4 years old, I was able to take him to see the Sesame Street Live show when we were living in Texas. We had the pleasure of sitting on the front row. It was quite an experience. He had always loved Sesame Street and even more so after the show. He talked about it for weeks.

I know you will enjoy making memories with your kids at the Sesame Street Live: “Make a New Friend” while they are here in Oklahoma City.

The Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” will be at
Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK
Starting Friday, March 7th through Sunday, March 9th


“Make a New Friend” preview
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family!

If you’re wondering if you should take the kids or if it is suitable for all ages, then here is some great information to consider.

    Sesame Street is a larger than life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, and Ernie…And yes you guess it, MORE!

    Each performance is 90 minutes of entertainment that includes singing, dancing and audience participation.

    There will be a 15 minute intermission (potty break time)!

    The perfect length of for very young children.

    There are seven (7) delightful performances to choose from between Friday March 7-9th.

You can purchase tickets by phone by calling 800-745-3000, at the box office, or at Ticketmaster locations.

Here is the Ticket information:

    Ticket prices: $16, $26, $36, (Gold Circle) & $60 (Sunny Seats).

    Opening Night (Friday, March 7, 6:30 PM)—All seats $15 (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats).

    Group savings available. Groups 10+ call 405-602-8512.

    Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats! The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends.

    Additional fees/surcharges may apply.

Performance Schedule

    Friday, March 7: 10:30 am & 6:30 pm
    Saturday, March 8: 10:30 am, 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm
    Sunday, March 9: 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm

Thank you and enjoy the show!

Which show are you planning to attend?

Also, please consider following
Sesame Street Live on FB
Sesame Street Live on Twitter

How about a Giveaway for one (1) family 4-pack of ticket vouchers to go see the Sesame Street Live: “Make a New Friend” for one lucky winner! Everybody raises their hands ;-)

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Winner will be announced on Thursday, March 4, 2014.v It is a quick giveaway since the performances begin March 7, 2014.

The GIVEAWAY is open to US Residents, 18 years of age & older.

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