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Fresh, Family, Food #ChuysCharlotte

I had such a fun opportunity this week when I was invited to join a group of Charlotte bloggers and writers to check out Chuy’s restaurant and get a taste of their menu. For those of you unfamiliar, Chuy’s is a tex-mex restaurant new to our area in Charlotte; and while I’ve been before for a girls night, I was pretty excited to dive a little more into the menu and leaner more about it.

Chuy’s is a Texas based restaurant and they’ve joined the Southpark area to bring in a taste of their fresh flavor for us to enjoy! I really loved getting to know about the company and menu. As a mom who is pretty obsessed with ingredients and what I feed my family, I was so surprised (and excited) to hear everything is made fresh daily! Nothing frozen in this place! Each Kitchen Manager even travels to New Mexico every year in August to hand pick the green chili’s and ensure they are made to perfection before they bring them back fresh! – - YES!

We were walked through their fun “sauce tour” where we got to taste test each of their variety of sauces and told exactly how each sauce is made.

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That is just a tiny glimpse of the options you get at Chuy’s. No matter how many sauces I tried, I kept going back to the Creamy Jalapeño. This is a speciality at Chuy’s and they even gave us their secret ingredient (shhhh – I’ll never tell!) You can even buy it in bulk to take home – this WILL be my “go-to” staple to take to all parties this summer!

Why Moms Will Love It?

Not only is Chuy’s a fun atmosphere (it is surprisingly a sweet family date spot!) I have only been for a girls night, but this will absolutely be our new place to take the whole family for a fun meal! Not only do they have a fabulous kids menu, but because everything is freshly made, it is seriously a way better option than most! I asked questions about the ingredients and I actually got answers.. which is os rare in a restaurant these days.

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There’s also a pretty sweet TO GO menu AND you can call ahead and they’ll bring it right out to you! Seriously – a GODSEND! As a mom of two toddlers, I don’t want to feed my family fast food if I’m looking for a quick meal option on the go, and it’s not easy to find a restaurant that makes good fresh food the whole family will love to be able to grab on a pinch. You can literally pick up the phone, order, and pull up and they’ll bring it to you – SCORE!

I can tell you right now, this is going to be a new staple in our family. My husband LOVES mexican food and is a sauce extraordinaire.. he was so jealous as I was texting him pictures of each of the sauces I got to try and mix up!!


Oh! And can I just mention? My lunch was BEACHBODY APPROVED! I started 21 Day Fix this week so have a pretty strict diet I need to go by. The waitress was amazing meeting my requests – grilled fish taco’s with a salad and dressing on the side. I didn’t eat the beans and only had half of the tortilla and it was SO GOOD. I have been craving it ever since!! See! You CAN eat out and be healthy too… and Chuy’s makes that super easy with their fresh and whole ingredients/menu!

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So moms – - there IS a better option out there! Who wants to lunch date next week!? ;)

Chuy’s – THANK YOU for having us! It was so much fun to learn about the effort put forth in providing quality food for your customers – I really enjoyed lunch and am already planning my trip back for one of those Green Chili Margaritas!!!

Have you been to Chuy’s in Charlotte? Share your pictures on Facebook & Twitter; use HASHTAG #ChuysCharlotte!

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Vitamin C Serum {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum | Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, & more!

Up until recently I never had to stick to a strict face washing routine. Growing up, I was lucky and never really had to deal with pimples or anything so I never learned how to properly wash my face. Now that I’m older and I’m worried about things like sun damage and wrinkles, I want to do what I can to help my complexion and aging. I also don’t want to slather up my face with all kinds of cancer causing chemicals either.

Ever since being pregnant, my skin has completely changed. I break out so easily and have way more sensitive skin so finding a product that both works and I don’t have a reaction to is hard to find.

I was excited to find Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum. I’ve tried serum’s before and have always found it to be my favorite in the different steps that come with many face washing routines. However, the price tag has almost always scared me away.

Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum comes with a much better price point, so I couldn’t wait to try!

Vitamin C Serum | No Parabans | Natural & Organic Ingredients

What are the Benefits of Vitamin C Serum?

  • Protects skin from sun damage, prevents from fine lines
  • Gives skin a smoother & brighter complexion
  • Increases collagen production; brings back sins natural elasticity… & so much more!

What I Think

While I have used serum’s before, I honestly can say that I felt the benefits with this serum more so than ever before. After washing my face with face wash and toner then putting just a few drops of this serum on my face, it felt tighter. It almost felt like I had a face lift or some other big procedure, but nope – it was just the serum! After using this for several weeks, my face is much more soft and smooth than it has been ever before! I am so excited to add this serum to my face washing routine!

If you want to reap the benefits of what vitamin c serum has to offer at a bargain of a price, I promise you, you will love this! The best part is they offer a 90 day money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied. In a world where botox and face lift’s are so popular, why take such an invasive approach when a serum like this actually works!?

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Skinny Jane “Skinny Blend Protein Shake” {Review & GIVEAWAY}

Since becoming a mom, I’ve grown to be really picky and strict about ingredients and what I’m feeding my family. I never realized the benefits of knowing what’s in our food beyond the package saying it’s healthy until I really started researching what we were putting into our mouths.

Recently, I’ve also spent a lot of time looking into different nutritional products. Struggling to lose the weight I gained from my FIRST baby (yes – he just turned five!) I have had a really hard time taking (and keeping) it off. When I got pregnant with my second, I worked out and stayed active throughout my pregnancy to where I hardly gained any weight and that came off almost immediately; the weight from five years ago still lingers.

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I had the opportunity to try out a new protein shake by Skinny Jane; Skinny Blend and I was anxious to look into it and try it out. My husband and I have been on a clean eating diet eliminating soda, coffee, and all the junk and working out regularly; so I thought a protein shake might be a good addition to our clean eating.

The brand offers several weight loss challenges using their products and also offers more than just protein shakes as well.

Upon looking at the shakes, offered on; I loved seeing the ingredient list is shown right on the information. Finding full ingredient lists is hard to come by these days. I also loved seeing that this shake isn’t filled with sugar. Many of the protein shakes out there is just a ton of sugar, and that can’t be healthy; nor something I want in my regular diet.

Skinny Blend Protein Shake Ingredients

My favorite parts about Skinny Blend?

  • Taste. Most protein shakes I’ve tried tasted just plain BAD. Either chalky, chunky, too sweet, not sweet enough. The point of a protein shake is to curb cravings and give you a healthy alternative, but you want it to taste good too. I couldn’t count on two hands the amount of protein shakes I’ve tried that I couldn’t even make it through the first sip!
  • The Variety. I like how Skinny Blend offers a variety of flavors. I tried Vanilla, which I LOVE, but they also offer chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla too – something for everyone!
  • It does what it’s supposed to do. I found really full after drinking a full protein shake and definitely found myself snacking (or at least the craving to snack) decrease.

My Results?

I had already been clean eating for several weeks and dropped around 12 lbs. I drank Skinny Jane for 7 days and stuck to a clean eating plan and dropped 3 more! I found it helped me with overall cravings and portion control – after you stick to a healthy eating plan for several days and have something that takes away that feeling of hunger, it’s easier to curb those cravings and I started finding myself more full sooner during meals too!


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Divergent | In Theaters Now! {Review}

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to check out a pre-screening of Divergent with Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, & Theo James just to highlight a few of the favorites starring in this film. While Divergent is based on the book series by Veronica Roth, I went into this with a blind eye having never read any of the books.

Divergent | In Theaters March 21


I had seen previews and I was picturing a series “Hunger Games” style, but I will tell you… I was so pleasantly surprised. I love a good movie series based off of books. I always find myself sucked in, but 9 times out of 10, I either wasn’t a huge fan of the book or the movie didn’t exactly mimic the book in ways I would have preferred. I will tell you… as soon as I got home from this pre-screening, I bought the first book in the series and am already halfway done!

While I can’t fully compare the book to the movie as of yet, from what I’m reading so far, I am finding myself really happy with how the movie was portrayed based off the books and it’s making me even more excited for what’s to come!

Divergent is set in the future where the world is in turmoil after war destroyed the nation. The world is divided into factions to help keep the peace and when Tris discovers she’s Divergent, life as she knew it has changed forever.

When Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) realizes one of the factions has planned a conspiracy to kill those of her type, she forms an alliance with the incredibly handsome Four (played by Theo James) to stop the Erudite faction from destroying any and all Divergent’s and to discover what being Divergent truly means.


I’ll be the first to admit I was a little skeptical of the casting. I have never been a huge Shailene Woodley fan, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn (of Scandal) and I of course developed the same love for Theo James as the movie went on as just about every other woman in the theater! And I will say, especially after starting the book, Woodley nails it! She really does a great job of portraying Tris in the way her character was written… which is rare of the Hollywood world when portraying a character from a book.

Really though… I cannot WAIT to see it again!

Whether you’ve read the book or not read the book, GO SEE DIVERGENT. I promise you, you won’t regret it! If you want to read the books, but haven’t yet, do that too… but see the movie first. I actually liked seeing the story unfold on the big screen before reading it in print. But, now I am officially hooked on this series and Theo James isn’t bad to look at either ;)

I really feel like they did an amazing job portraying the book without going to “Hollywood.” (And I say that having not read the entire series yet), but from what I can tell so far, it really is based on the story itself and not sexed up or materialized – the story really is that good they didn’t have to, and I feel really good about how they brought the book onto the big screen.


Now I’m really just looking for excuses to fill up my blog with pictures of the mysterious, Four!

Have you seen it yet or want to see it? Tweet me! @Kelchristina using #DIVERGENT – I want to hear what you think or what you want to see!… Then after you see it, come back here and tell me what you think!

Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask {Review} #JAdoreVoxBox

When my J’Adore Vox Box arrived from Influenster, I was so psyched to find what was inside! I love girly things and makeup, face masks, hair products, all of that are things I love to test out and find new products that work best for me and my lifestyle.

When I pulled out the Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask – I squealed! I love a good face mask and couldn’t wait to try it!

Every woman deserves to treat herself and relaxing in a hot bubble bath, with a good book, and this clay mask is my new favorite way to unwind! I give this TWO THUMBS UP! I need to go out and buy the full size bottle – the one that came in my vox box is almost gone!

Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask

I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Decorating with {Wall Art, Party Decor, & More}

When I was approached by, an online stationary store; I was anxious to check them out and see what they’re all about.

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a large assortment of products were available by what they describe as, “a global community of designers.” | wall decor, party decor, & more


Minted’s collection of wall art is simply stunning. I really have enjoyed browsing all of the different pieces. The website is so easy to use giving you the option of browsing by newest designs, by price, and by most popular. You can even narrow your search by credentials like style, size, color, and type as well.

While I’m not an “art enthusiast,” I do love to find new and creative pieces. We moved into our new home just over a year ago and I have yet to completely decorate the walls, because I haven’t found the perfect pieces to show off my family and my taste.

I really love the assortment of different styles offered. Like chevon? There are some really funky and modern prints you will love! Looking for something peaceful like the ocean? I found a few wall prints I really am in love with.

“Flight of the Ocean” is one of my favorites! | Flight of the Ocean

My absolute favorite room in our house is our sunroom and this would fit perfectly with the look I’m going for in that room! I love how gives you the option of buying the print with or without a frame. If you’re like me, you sometimes have a hard time finding a frame at just the right price and look – I love that you can choose from several options right on the website!

Another favorite? “Out to Sea” I love the colors in this one, everyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for teal. Even though this is a little different, I love the unique look and calming feel. It’s different and not something I may appreciate as much if I saw it in a store. I love having the time to just browse the collection from the comfort of my own home, I’ve found I have an eye for things I might just pass by while shopping in a store. | Out to Sea


How do you shop for decor for your home? Would love to hear what your favorites are from! Maybe we have the same taste or perhaps you have an eye for something on a totally different spectrum – I would love to hear!








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Mr. Peabody & Sherman | Who Doesn’t Love a Talking Dog? | In Theaters THIS Friday, March 7th!

As we get ready to approach our final stretch of the week, I have an exciting treat for you! You know how much I find going on a date with your little one to be so important, so why not take them to a movie? I have the perfect flick both parent and child will enjoy!

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Meet Mr. Peabody, a sophisticated, intellectual, and verbose dog who has gone through his life lonely and yearning for a boy to love him. After finding an abounded baby, he was granted custody of Sherman; an adorable eccentric little boy embarking on a new journey in school.

Dreamworks Animation’s brings you Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Travel through history and have fun with Mona Lisa and Leonardo Da Vinci, President Lincoln, plus battle through The Trojan War and more in this fun experience the whole family will enjoy. It’s both a comedy, yet heartwarming, because every parent can relate to the unconditional feeling of love and bonding we have with our kids.

Let me just tell you.. my four year old literally laughed out loud through most of the movie. If I wasn’t laughing and enjoying his reactions, I was laughing myself! I love how this movie was filled with jokes only mom and dad would get; to leave the little ones giggling anyway and to give mom and dad a fun family adventure for all to love.

If you’re looking for a fun family outing, Mr. Peabody & Sherman hits theaters tomorrow, March 6th! Pick up some popcorn and a snack, and kick up your feet to enjoy an adventure with Mr. Peabody & Sherman Who doesn’t love a talking dog!?


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NOVICA // One of the Leading Fair Trade Artisan Websites {Review}

When I was approached by NOVICA several months ago about checking out their website and doing a product review, I had no idea what it was. I was surprised when I checked it out to find so many amazing handmade items up for sale.

I’m familiar with Etsy and shop on there A LOT. I like to think of myself as a good DIY’er, but when it comes to some things, it’s really easier to just buy it and I love the fact that when I buy things from websites like that, I’m supporting small businesses.


All of that is true to NOVICA, but on a much larger scale. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all of the amazing things from beautiful scarves to intricately crafted kitchen items, jewelry, and so much more. It was almost overwhelming browsing all of the products; I couldn’t decide what I wanted!

The thing I love about this website though is, they make it so easy to shop! You can browse by occasion if you’re looking for a specific gift. You can browse by GIFTS FOR HER or GIFTS FOR HIM and more! I had so much fun browsing, I started to think up ideas for birthday’s and other occasion’s coming up this year.

I ended up deciding on a gorgeous wood bowl and salad server ware. I’ve wanted a small wooden bowl to set up on our counter for a long time to use for various things, but I haven’t found one that fit the bill and who couldn’t use some cute salad servers!?

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About the Artist :

“I work in wood. Like many people who work in this craft, I had a difficult childhood that helped me become a man who strives to get ahead. I’m a hard worker, and I’ve worked on my own for around 40 years.

“My parents weren’t artisans but, as a child, I did see a lot of people who were and I was fascinated by how much shoppers liked handcrafted wood art. I decided to learn, and the first thing I crafted was fruit carved from wood, which I eventually sold.”

Victor Hugo Lopez is the man behind that gorgeous set you see in the picture above that is now on display on my countertop. I loved reading about him and I love the NOVICA gave me the opportunity to know about the face behind the product. We shop in department stores all the time, but we never get to know the person who creates what we wear and display in our house.

I really love that NOVICA provides such a unique and worldly experience opening you up to so much more than what you find in a store at the mall. I am so excited to have this opportunity and share this unique shopping experience with you!

If you want to check out more of what Victor has made, CLICK HERE, but I would recommend you check out the website as a whole. Find something new and unique to add to your wardrobe or your home and then read about the person behind the product; get a feel for who you’re supporting. I can guarantee you will find 100 things you love (& how fast it gets shipped to you PLUS the quality of what you receive) will leave you so happy you did!

These are some great products to check out.. Mother’s Day is right around the corner!! (wink, wink)


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All-New Disney Puzzle Packs {Review & Giveaway!}

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Both of our kids were lucky enough to get iPads from their grandparent’s for Christmas this past year. While I don’t want them to be addicted to technology, they have their perks. My husband and I both monitor what they’re doing at all times and have set many restrictions (time restrictions included.)

While I don’t want my kids growing up addicted to technology and I still want one on one time teaching them things myself, technology has come a long way and they are both learning so much from different games and apps available to them.

While I’m all about the fun learning apps, a little fun is okay too – and it’s especially awesome when we find an app that is both fun AND a learning opportunity!

All-New Disney Puzzle Packs feature some of your favorite characters in fun games including puzzles, memory, finding the missing piece, & more!

Disney Puzzle Packs is free to download and comes with a sample of each character to check out. You can download the full pizza pack if you want more of a variety (see giveaway below!)

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I love how many options there are. Having a son and a daughter playing the game, it’s awesome they feature not only princesses, but Cars, Planes, Monsters University, and other favorites for my son too!

There’s a fun matching card game, where you can tap on the cards to find the matching character. Or another matching game (shown above) where you have to find and tap the character shown to your right. I love that these games are good learning tools for your little ones, but they feature their favorite Disney characters making it fun, too!

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Each game comes with the ability of choosing a level between 1 and 3 to give older kids a challenge, but let the younger ones ease into the learning process of what they’re playing.

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So far, Landyn’s favorite is puzzles with Monster’s University and Lavery’s is puzzles with Cinderella! The best part is these are fun games the whole family can play together. We like to lay in bed after naps or before bedtime and play a few games together before reading a bedtime story or heading downstairs.

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One lucky reader will get an iTunes gift card to purchase the entire puzzle pack in-app! While the app itself is free, one lucky reader will get to purchase all SIX puzzle packs!

It’s easy to enter; just follow the steps via Rafflecopter and please be sure you complete ALL mandatory requirements! I will be verifying winners and I reserve the right to choose a new winner should you not follow all mandatory forms of entry.

Giveaway begins at midnight on February 18 and ends at midnight on March 4th. The winner will be verified and emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.



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Moms’ Night Out in Theaters Mother’s Day Weekend! #MNOMovie

“I’m hungry.”

“I want water.”

“I’m not tired.”

“I peed! Mommy! I peed!”

This is my life. This is how it’s gone all week. I’ve lived in yoga pants on a daily basis… the same pair, because the laundry is piling up high. I haven’t washed my hair in days (except for right before I wrote this blog post.) Literally. At 10 o’clock at night, because Lord only knows that’s the only time I can have to myself to wash my hair without a screaming toddler banging on the bathroom door.

I had the opportunity tonight to see a pre-screening of Moms’ Night Out; starring Sarah Drew (of Grey’s Anatomy,) Sean Astin (Rudy!), Kevin Downes (of Courageous,) Patricia Heaton (of ABC’s The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond) & more. Going into this movie, I took my friend Leah of The Grace Bond and admittedly, we both almost cancelled right up until the last minute.

Screaming kids in the background? Check! 

Crying babies hungry for food? Check!

Counting down until daddy gets home so we have time to make it out the door? Check!

We were literally making excuses of why NOT to go. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I did! This movie embodies everything we moms feel on a daily basis. I saw myself in the main character in more ways than one.

Hiding in the bathroom for even just FIVE SECONDS OF SILENCE! 

Showing up to preschool in workout gear I likely had on yesterday to see moms all done up from head to toe.

Tossing the sneakers and yoga pants for one night of looking pretty.

It’s getting that reminder that God has got this. HE always has our backs; on those days when we are at an all time low feeling like we can’t even remember what life was like before sippy cups, dirty diapers, and spit up.

It’s not easy to feel blessed and thankful amidst the chaos and it’s even harder to come across a movie that can remind us of that.

Mom’s Night Out is the perfect blend of the Hollywood mainstream comedy that thrives in this modern world; but it brings faith, hope, and love into our hearts when we need it the most. You don’t get that in today’s society. Hollywood forgets why we are all here; and seeing that in this movie was exactly what I needed after my week of chaos.

A reminder that even in the most unflattering moments of a mother’s life; even amongst all of the chaos, He’s got this. We’re not alone.

Maybe my house isn’t always the cleanest, my clothes aren’t always the prettiest, and my attitude isn’t always the brightest. My life is sometimes a complete disaster and I’m living among the chaos of this dream that I have built and turned into my life. It’s so easy to get soaked into all of the bad, but forget the good and to dwell on what’s going wrong or not in the way we planned.

But, this life that I’m living… it’s my beautiful disaster. My perfect dream. My forever in this beautiful world God has given me is the dream I have always wanted. It’s how this blog even got it’s name, because my forever is like living my dream…. even on the days when I don’t believe that myself.

I’m not perfect. Nothing in my life is. But, it is exactly what I need and what I want. I don’t want perfect and the values that not only this movie, but the minds behind the scenes and on the scenes all withhold remind us of that. I even had the opportunity to meet Kevin Downes himself and hear about what it was like filming this movie in Hollywood.

How amazing is that!? To be able to meet in person someone who has brought movies like Courageous and Moms’ Night Out to the table was amazing. You just don’t get these values in Hollywood anymore, and it’s so refreshing to see.

Grab your girlfriends, your husbands, your daughters. See this movie. You will not regret it. Every mom needs to hear the words that I just heard and see the relationships that I just saw. Hollywood needs to do more of this. I laughed, I cried, I nodding my head and wanted to scream;

“YES! That is SO me!”

I’ve said the words that the characters spoke and been through the exact situations they filmed.

Moms’ Night Out – In Theaters May 9th! Who’s coming with me!? I know I absolutely cannot wait to see it again!

“The hand that rocks the cradle, is the one that leads the world.”


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