Saturday, March 16, 2019

Following Your Dreams -Summer Activities

My son Aaron is an aspiring actor. He has always wanted to act. As a child, he was constantly telling me he wanted to get his "face out there" and that "he was running out of time". He was 4 years old. I did not know where to take him to get his face out there as he requested. One day we googled kids acting schools dallas. Several websites came up but one in particular caught my eye. It was a story on a local TV channel about Dallas acting schools. The acting school is Dallas Young Actors Studio. This school is run by Linda Seto who has extensive experience in TV and production. Several kids have been discovered at her school and are actively working in Hollywood. If you want to learn more about the school you can go here.
So we went into Dallas and had Aaron audition to be placed in one of the classes. That was in 2017. He has loved every minute spent there! I have seen him grow and his self confidence increase like you wouldn't believe. He has acted in two short films and a TV/cable pilot. You can see clips in the links below:
We have to admit we still have a lot of learning to do! Myself, learning all about showbiz and how things work in the world of Hollywood and Aaron how to perfect his craft. 
I support him in his dream and hope to one day manage his career at his request. In the meantime, we both enjoy our weekly treks into Dallas and the acting studio. 
right now he is very excited to be acting in two TV pilots they will be shooting this summer as a part of DYAS' summer camps. So if you have an aspiring actor in your family, or if you are one yourself (there is an acting coach for adults too!)
do yourself a favor and contact Dallas Young Actors Studio and set up an audition and tour. 
It just may change your life :)
You can follow Aaron and his career here on this blog and on his instagram account at



you can follow DYAS on IG too
@DallasYAS and facebook


Until next time!
xoxo 
Patty

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Dallas Acting Summer Camps 2019


Dallas Acting Summer Camps



Ahh the hot days of summer. All of us are waiting for them aren't we? When the kids are home from school for summer vacay. Wait? No. We need to keep these kids busy! Isn't that what we are all thinking for the summer? I've always been a great believer in supporting our children to explore new things. One of those things can be acting! 
I haven't been blogging for a while because life! 
But one thing's for sure, we have been busy. My son Aaron is an actor. He has been training at the prestigious Dallas Young Actors Studio in Dallas. And I tell you the growth he has experienced is tremendous. This is no regular acting school. It's real world training in a real studio with a sound stage and real professionals. This is NOT theater. 
If you want your child to train to be a real actor for TV and/or film THIS is the place to be. 
Dallas Young Actors Studio offers coaching and training to be a professional actor. 
And their summer camps are amazing! 



Aspiring actors get to train for one entire week just like they would if they were on a real sitcom-because they are! Students get to learn script reading, improvisation, direction and so much more! All in Dallas! It's a week of intense training that is sure to change their lives. At the end of the week, actors will star in an original made for TV sitcom that is taped before a studio audience that the parents are invited to see. The taping will then be provided to you and your actor via a link that you can download and share with friends, family and best of all add to their resume. 
Contact Dallas Young Actors Studio today to sign up for summer camps because they fill out fast! Kids travel to Dallas from all over the country to attend these one-of-a kind camps. 
You can sign up via their web page or by calling the school directly 
972-401-2090
And in the meantime follow Dallas Young Actors Studio via facebook 

and Instagram 

You can check out my son's work at his IG 


 Summer Camp production Welcome to Willowbrook Way

You can also see what the acting students are up to via the youtube channel:


Feel free to ask me questions in the comments below! 
Until next time! 
xoxo
Patty


Monday, December 11, 2017

BIZ for the Holidays and Getting Ready for Christmas

**This is a sponsored post**


Hey everyone! I'm excited to be back and share with you
some ideas for Holiday prep. It's been a whirlwind the last few months, especially with work and my photography business. 
So anywho, I haven't even put up my tree yet :(
While I was cleaning out some things from my garage, I noticed I had some very pretty white tablecloths that had yellowed over time.
I wanted to use them to set my holiday table. 
I almost threw them out until I remembered I could use BIZ to whiten them.

I brought them inside and filled my washing machine with hot water. 
I poured in about half a cup of BIZ Stainfighter and threw in the table cloths. I let them soak for about 30 minutes then ran them through a regular cycle. 

They came out so white and clean! 
I'm so happy I remembered I had BIZ and didn't throw them out. 

BIZ is the stain fighting, whitening solution for all your laundry needs. 
You can find more ideas on how to use BIZ Stain fighter here





There are so many uses for this wonderful product. BIZ has special ingredients that other detergents don't. Its ingredients help to fight more stains than other leading brands. 
 I will be back to share some more Holiday ideas with you soon!


xoxo
Patty


I was given product to use in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 


Saturday, September 30, 2017

BIZ IS THE STAIN FIGHTER-LAUNDRY TIPS

This is a sponsored post

As you may already know, I am a photographer on my off days. 

I do a lot of family photography and this often involves small children, which many times requires me to kneel down on gravel, grass, etc.

Needless to say my jeans take quite a beating. (Thank goodness for the torn jeans craze right?)

To get those tough stains out, I just put a little bit of Biz stain fighter on the grass stain, rub it in a bit, and let it soak for about 5-10 minutes. I then run it through the wash with Biz as the detergent and voila! 

The stain is gone! I recently had to do this with a favorite t shirt I splattered with spaghetti sauce. AGH! I hadn't realized it until I got home and I thought for sure the shirt was ruined. 
Nope, I did the same thing, dab, rub, sit and wash it as usual.
T shirt is as good as new. Now you know that those greasy stains are harder to get out. With Biz stain fighter detergent it's as easy as 1-2-3.

I highly recommend this detergent. My mother has been using Biz ever since the 70s when I was a kid. She swears by it and now I do too.
Biz can also be used to tackle other cleaning problems around your home. 
It's great to clean your tub, tile and other hard surfaces, leaving them sparkling clean. 
To learn more about all the other uses for BIZ Stain Fighter, go here.








You can also get out tough stains from carpet! Watch this video to learn how.


I love sharing these laundry tips with you. I'll be back to share some cute Halloween projects I've been working on.

Until next time!
xo
Patty

I was provided free product and/or compensation for my voluntary testimonial of this product. These are actual results and my opinions of the product are purely my own and based on my experience.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Entry Bench Transformation with Milk Paint

Hello friends:
It's been awhile :)
I've been so busy with life and work. Well you know how that goes. I have been meaning to share with y'all this really cute project I finished, way back in the Spring. Yikes.
I wanted to put a cute little bench of some sort right outside our front door of the apartment. It's not the brightest spot but I thought I could liven it up a bit with something. 
I got this little bench on one of the Facebook garage sales. 
Then the good folks from The Real Milk Paint Company graciously offered me a couple of samples! Yay! I knew I wanted a fun color so I picked the gorgeous Beach Glass. 
It's a pretty blue that would add a nice punch of color to my drab entry. 
Milk paint is a really good paint to use for those projects where you want a nice distressed look or you can do several coats to make it look more "polished". The choice is yours. Plus because it's milk paint it doesn't have that awful paint smell or fumes. It's safe to use around children and pets. In fact, I had a cute little helper when I was painting. :)
So here's the before pic:

It's just a nice little bench. I don't even think it's real wood.

I started off by cleaning it off with just a damp paper towel. I made sure to get into all the crevices and wiped over and under. Next, I gathered all my supplies:
My paint brush, a mixing bowl, the Beachglass paint can, paper towels, a plastic throw, a cheap brush for the wax application and some clean rags for the wax. 
I started by mixing just a little bit of the Real Milk Paint in Beachglass powder in a bowl and added water according to the instructions. The can contained the bag of milk paint powder, and even a little marble to mix it in the can if you chose to. 
You can use it all in the can or you can use another container to thoroughly mix it. 
Once I got the consistency nice and smooth, I started applying it directly to the bench. What I love about this, is the fast drying time. I started with the under side, so I flipped the bench over so I could get the legs. 

                              They also sent me the Warm Ash paint color which I will use on another project. 
                 Here's how it comes packaged in the can for easy mixing. 
I turned the bench over. You can see my progress here. 





You can see the end result above. See how cool it looks all distressed? It was simply applied with the brush. I did no sanding at all. I left it for a couple of hours then came back and applied the soft wax. I have to tell you, some of the waxes out there really do stink but this one did not bother me. It was not strong scented at all. The pics above are from my garage. I tried to take some good pics in my front entry way but the light is awful. I took it out to the light and snapped this one:

It was pretty bright out but you get the jist :)
You can find out more about this gorgeous and easy to use paint here.

Look at some of the beautiful paint colors they carry.




I can't wait to use it again. 
Thanks to the Real Milk Paint Company for those useful samples. 

I'll be back soon. I promise. 
In the meantime, follow me on instagram 


xoxo 
Patty




This is a sponsored post. However, my opinions are honest and not influenced by the product received. 







Monday, April 17, 2017

Casual Style Ideas


Casual Style. Stylish Working Mom

Hello friends. I am back to share some fun outfits I've put together using current items I have in my closet along with some new items I've purchased at some of my favorite stores.

The idea is to dress stylish whilst saving money. All of my outfits are for any age and appropriate for work and play :)


If you'd like to see my look of the day feel free to follow me on instagram here:


I'm going to be holding a giveaway soon to my favorite store JCPenney :)

So please follow this blog and my instagram account to enter. I'll be announcing the details in the next few days. Have a great week!

                     skirt from TJMaxx    Yellow Ruffled Tank from Target  Nude pumps from Payless Shoes
                     Denim Blouse from JCPenney, Chevron Necklace and Tan skirt from Kohls. Boots from Target.
                     One of my fave tops-the Elsie coral printed blouse from Stitch Fix! Navy pleated skirt made by my mom! Grey  kitten heel sling backs from Target :)

And below:
Gorgeous blue blouse from Stitch Fix, Coral bib necklace from Kohls. Here is the tan skirt again from Kohls. 





Until next time friends. 

xoxo 
Patty







Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Over 40 and Fashionable!





You know what they say....40 is the new 30! Am I right? Well grandmas are the new hot mamas!! 

I have started posting my daily outfits, or #ootd on Instagram. I am a firm believer that we can look great without spending a lot of $$$.  Join me on Instagram 
with my handle simple.beautiful.life
or click on this link

Follow me there and 
don't miss out on some upcoming giveaways to my favorite stores like: Target, Kohls and JCPenney :)

My outfits are age appropriate and are great to wear to work. I feature outfits that you can build on with just a few basic pieces and then add accessories to change it up!
Here are some examples:







Get all the details of where to buy these items on my IG feed.


I'm even trying out a new skin care regimen using Olay Pro products. These are products I buy myself. So the results are real results. I'm on day 20 of using them and I can already see a difference in the tone of my skin. 
Here's a pic I took when I was just beginning my regimen:

I hope you join me there. I'll share some of my outfits here as well for those of you who don't get on Insta.


Until next time.
xoxo 
Patty





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