An Exciting New Job Announcement

Last week I shared about my journey of looking for something new in the workplace after a decade of working for myself. I am thrilled to share that a wonderful position presented itself and my transition back into a salaried workforce has been a delightful one. This week will complete a full month of downtown office space, commuting, and new colleagues.

Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted a new position at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. Beginning in May 2019, I joined the marketing department managing social content for the Museum.

I am grateful for the many years I spent blogging, writing, and the immense experience I gained starting and growing businesses along the way. While I will still frequently be sharing stories here, this new position will allow me to focus on social media content and community building for another institution which is truly my area of expertise.

It was always my intention that every step of my journey would lead to the next leap. I feel so fortunate to be where I am, with brilliant minds, people who are passionate about what they do and sharing it all with others.

Admittedly my job was really great before and it was going to take something of extreme interest to compare. New dinosaur discoveries, stunning gems, exploring hominids, and inspiring minds through nature and science is a wonderful way to fill your days. It’s an extremely cool gig if you can get it. I’m really proud to announce that I’ll be there to share the stories of discovery and events happening there online now.

If you’re in Dallas or visiting the area, come see me at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. I’d love to see you and always happy to take a tour with you and point out some of the fascinating things I’ve learned along the way.

Bring Your Team Together: Team Building with Taste Events

Dallas Team Building With Taste Blogger EventWho else is watching cooking competition shows and dreams what it would be like to participate? Do you make your kids help you in the kitchen, responding to you “YES, Chef!” ? In our house its a semi- regular occurrence. Recently, I was invited for a super fun experience exactly like that with Team Building with Taste at their Dallas location.

After serving us morning mimosas and apps, we were divided into cooking teams and raced against the clock to prepare a meal worthy of chef’s approval. Not only were we racing against the clock but we had several challenges and plot twists thrown at us too. When the clock countdown came to a close, the heat was on as it was time to present our dish to the chef and discuss our strategy and process.

Smoked Salmon Leek Crostini

Our team did an amazing job. We did make some adjustments to the basic recipe that resulted in us winning the competition!! (I’ll be sharing our recipe in another post so you can make our winning recipe at home!)

Chef Joey Allette Team Building with Taste Dallas

Chef Joey Allette is an award-winning chef who has a great reputation in Dallas. He was incredibly entertaining and knowledgeable making the experience even more fun. I immediately called my husband afterwards and recommended he schedule an event here for his board and executive staff. This really is a great alternative to team building that eliminates physical fears some have with ropes courses or other trust challenges.

In addition to business team building, this is perfect for volunteer groups, birthday parties ( ages 13+ allowed in the kitchen). I’m thinking this will be a great option for Kaitlyn’s next birthday! Occasionally there are cooking classes that individuals can sign up for. Check out their special Fathers Day event details here.

For more information on their programs and menus, go to Team Building with Taste.

Tips for the Perfect Family Trip to Six Flags

Six Flags Spring Break
We’d like to thank Kia Motors America for sponsoring this post and providing park tickets for our day of fun! As always all thoughts,opinions, and experiences are 100% our own.

Deciding where to go and what activities to choose during spring break is always a daunting task. This year was no different. Our criteria is always about making it fun and exciting, making the most of the time we have together but without breaking the bank. Sound familiar? Since we’d just returned from a really wonderful family ski trip a couple of weeks ago, we decided staying relatively local was our best bet for a fun time. Six Flags over Texas is only 20 minutes away from our new house in Dallas and of course the kids were THRILLED at the suggestion Spring Break at Six Flag it was! Spring is actually my favorite time to visit ANY theme park because the weather isn’t too warm to enjoy a full day, there is usually a breeze.

We made sure to print our tickets at home before getting to the park to save both a bit of time and money. We also made sure everyone wore comfortable shoes and dressed in light layers.

The Kia Ride and Drive Experience at Six Flags 

Kia Six Flags

(Wait…. what IS a “Ride and Drive” anyway? I’m glad you asked.  If you’ve never been to a ride and drive, it is an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car (or several cars)  you’ve been curious about without any sales pressure. It’s a great way to keep a current and experience new automotive technology. Sometimes there are even really great thank you gifts- see below.)

Kia Family of cars

The Kia ride & drive tent was easy to spot as we approached the entrance of the park. Everyone was super friendly and asked if we had a preference of what car we would like to drive first. Randall had been looking for a chance to get behind the wheel of the all new Cadenza for himself after I told him what a PERFECT car it would be for him after driving it during the Cadenza national press launch last year. Kaitlyn and Sebastian were looking to ride in Kia that was new to them as well. So the Cadenza it was! Our specialist drove us through the busy parking lot until we got away from the crowds and this gave Randall a chance to check out the passenger comforts of the Cadenza.

Randall at Six Flags over TX Kia Cadenza

inside the Kia Cadenza

We were really impressed with the knowledge the product specialists shared. We like to ask a lot of questions – we like knowing ALL the details. There wasn’t a single question they didn’t know the anwser to. As a thank you for our 10 min drive, each of us were given flash passes and $10 Daffy dollars to use inside the park for food or product. We also go to use a special VIP entrance eliminating the longer lines to get into the Six Flags. Flash passes are one of my VERY favorite things ever invented for Six Flags or any theme park!

Six Flags over Texas Kia

I loved that taking a 10-15 min ride in a Kia potentially saved us hours waiting in line. We also were excited to find a place to charge up our cell phones ( ProTip: Kia ride and drives almost always have charging stations.) During this time we made a plan for which rides we would go to first. We each chose one ride that was a “must do” for us. Honestly the only must do any of us really cared about was being together so there would be no splitting up the group. We all agreed we would wait in line or ride as a group for all rides. 

Charging with Kia Six Flags

Now we were charged up and ready to head into the park! The carousel was our first ride, my choice. I was worried that the kids may have outgrown the fun of it but they were as nostalgic as I was to ride it and happily hopped on their choice of carousel steed.

Next up was a Virtual Reality Coaster, the Galactic Attack! Did you know Six Flags Over Texas has total of 13 roller coasters??11 steel, 1 super-hybrid and 1 wooden! Sebastian doesn’t enjoy extreme roller coasters so I loved knowing that Six Flags has “Thrill Swap” as option for families like ours. When a child (or anyone) can’t or does not want to ride a ride, your entire party stays together and goes through the ride line. When preparing to board the ride, notify the attendant that you’d like to use Thrill Swap. One person rides, while the other stays with the child. When they return, the swap takes place; allowing the other person to ride while the child waits with the other guardian. It is a brilliant time saver and allows everyone to have a great time together.

Six Flags over Texas Kia Rides

In addition to flash passes & utilizing Thrill Swap,  I have a few more time & money-saving Suggestions to making the most of a trip to Six Flags during spring break or any time of year!

Tips for the Perfect Family Trip to Six Flags

  1. Buy your tickets online and print at home – Plan ahead for the day you want to visit, and be sure to review our website to prepare for the day. Our website offers the best deal on admission tickets, so you can save time and money at the park. You’ll be able to save up to $18, depending on the day you plan to visit. Plus, you can print your tickets at home so when you arrive at the park, you’ll skip the ticket booth and head straight to the front gate – getting you in to rides faster.
  2.  Plan your meal times earlier or later than normal – Taking a few moments to re-energize will help you stay refreshed so you can tackle more rides without getting worn out. Plan your schedule accordingly so you can spend less time waiting for meals. Eat lunch and dinner a little earlier or later than the “normal” time. This will allow you to be out riding while everyone else is eating. Then, when you’re ready to eat, you’ll miss the mealtime rush and save time, getting out to more rides as quickly as possible.
  3. BUY FLASH PASSES- I cannot encourage this enough. There is nothing better than breezing past rows and rows of other visitors to be at the front of line at your favorite ride.
  4. Take a photo of your parking spot- There is nothing worse than having a tired crew and not remembering where you parked. Snap a quick pic of your spot to help you remember and make a bee line straight to your spot. You can also purchase preferred parking to get an even closer spot to the park.
  5. Pick a meeting spot first thing- In the event that your family or group splits up or gets separated, pick a meeting spot well in advance with the understanding that you will meet there and wait. I sent my husband a text saying to meet me at the group of red picnic tables, little did I know that around the corner from me were several groups of red tables just like ours. If we had picked a spot first, we wouldn’t have lost time looking for each other.

Funnel Cakes Kia Six Flags

We always wait until after the rides are over for snacks and treats. Because we typically try to avoid fried and sugary foods, we’ll often pack a cooler for lunch and snacks in the van and get stamped for reentry. There is a nice shaded area of picnic tables right outside the park. Since it was Spring Break and we did have Daffy dollars to use from our ride & drive experience we splurged on an ice cream funnel cake. It was a super fun splurge and it was so fun to say yes to a request that seemed so whimsical and extravagant. The kids thought we were the coolest parents ever this spring break!

Funnel Cake Ice Cream Six Flags

It was a perfect ending to a perfect day! If you have spring break in the near future, check out the dates below to see when Kia will be hosting a ride and drive in your area! I highly recommend working Six Flags in as part of your spring break plans.

Chase Family Kia Six Flags

Six Flags Spring Break

Dates & Info for all upcoming Kia Six Flags Events:
4/14 – 4/16: Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
4/14 – 4/16: Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527
4/21 – 4/23: Six Flags America
13710 Central Ave, Bowie, MD 20721
5/13 – 5/15: Six Flags St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO 63025
5/27 – 5/29: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive SW, Vallejo, CA 94589
5/27 – 5/29: Six Flags New England
1623 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001
What are you doing this year for Spring Break? I’d love to know what YOUR plans are!

The 2016 DFW Auto Show

This post is sponsored by SheBuysCars on behalf of the DFW Auto Show and Toyota. All opinions are my own.
DFW Auto Show

The 2016 DFW Auto Show

The 2016 DFW Auto Show has an impressive line up of vehicles on display and many opportunities to get behind the wheel to shop, test drive and dream.  Attending an auto show is the perfect way to explore in a no pressure environment. It’s also perfect timing for a Spring Break adventure without leaving the city!

fast cars DFW auto show

Randall and I had the opportunity to get a preview during press days and had a fabulous time. We did a few ride & drives and each found something we would like to take home. I fell in LOVE with the Kia K900 during our ride and drive.

DFW AUTO SHOW Kia K900

Randall fell in love with something a little more exclusive. Here he is sitting in the Rezvani Beast next to Mr Ferris Rezvani himself. This is only the third of its kind ever made.

Rezvani Beast

Now it’s your turn…. Head over to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and find your dream car too. Here’s some info you will want to have as you plan your visit.

2016 DFW Auto Show Ride & Drive Event

An outdoor Ride & Drive event once again will take place at this year’s DFW Auto Show. Visitors will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of some of their favorite cars, trucks and SUVS from a variety of manufacturers. The event will take place at various locations outside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  Hours for the outdoor Ride & Drive event are: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 & 19 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

Kids Zone

Remember this an event for the whole family! Kids Zone powered by Kidventure has something for kids of all ages to enjoy. Some of the fun includes a 24-foot inflatable slide, a Monster Truck bounce house, Adrenaline Rush Obstacle course, and an art center station.

 

Times

Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ticket prices

$12 for adults
$5 for senior citizens 65 and older
$5 for children 6 to 12 years old; children 5 and under admitted free

For direction and more : https://dfwautoshow.com

You’re Invited!! Macy’s American Icons Party Event (5/16) #AmericanSelfie

macys american icons
everywhere society
In celebration of all things Americana, Macy’s is hosting a party and YOU are invited to join us THIS weekend for in-store events all over the country!! There will be iconic American foods, fashion, music & a patriotic photo booth for selfies! (because nothing is more American these days that a picture perfect selfie, Am I right?! #AmericanSelfie )

macys-american-icons

Join me at Macy’s Northpark (Womens Fashion Department Level 1) Dallas, TX this Saturday(5/16/15) from 2-4 PM! Discover everything you need to put together a timeless, All-American ensemble at our fashion party hosted by style blogger Ashley Robertson, The Teacher Diva, and Texas Monthly fashion editor Lauren Smith Ford. Shop your favorites while jamming to our live band, snack on complimentary sips and sweets, enjoy much more throughout the store. Be sure to pop into our patriotic photo booth to take your #AmericanSelfie and take home a selfie stick with any $50 Women’s Purchase!

Macys American Icons Event

Not in Dallas? That’s OK! Macy’s is hosting American Icons Event all across the U.S. Every event is different so be sure to check out what’s happening near you! (For a full list of locations additional location specific details go here):

5/14 Chicago, IL (State Street)
5/14 New York, NY (HSQ)
5/14 Portland, OR (Washington Square)
5/15 Miami, FL (Aventura Mall)
5/16 San Francisco (Union Square)
5/16 Seattle, WA (Alderwood)
5/16 Pittsburgh, PA (South Hills Village)
5/16 Miami, FL (Aventura Mall)
5/16 Burlington, MA (South Shore Plaza)
5/16 Albany, NY (Cross Gates)
5/16 Minneapolis, MN (Ridgedale)
5/16 Dallas, TX (North Park)
5/16 Memphis, TN (Wolfchase Galleria)
5/16 Atlanta, GA (Peachtree Mall)
5/16 San Francisco, CA (Union Square)

got your 6

In addition to all the fun, Macy’s is also taking the opportunity to honor America’s veterans with an in-store give-back program to support Got Your 6, a coalition of veteran-focused, non-profit partners who are working to help veterans make America stronger. Macy’s is proud to support those who have served our country. Click here for more details on how you can support with Got Your 6.

This is going to be such a fun event! I hope to see you there!