#CruisingCarnival with the Family

Carnival Magic

The last time we took a Carnival Cruise, it happen to be our 20th anniversary.  This go 'round, it was time for a family trip.  After losing my dad, getting my mom moved and situated, enrolling one kid in college, another contemplating his dream of cowboying, and one ready for 2nd grade, we were due some rest and relaxation time.  I can't thank … [Read more...]

Brandcation – Sail Away with 40 Bloggers as We #SeastheDay on the Royal Caribbean

Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

Sounds pretty amazing huh?  One of the reasons I quit going to several of the blogging conferences, was the fact that they are becoming so huge and impersonal. It got to where everyone was avoiding the conference itself and just networking on the side, because we all know what kind of connections can be made through those small, intimate meetups.  … [Read more...]

Traveling with Contigo, My New Best Friend {Giveaway}


Do you ever fall in love with a product so much that you refuse to leave the house without it?  Well, that's me and Contigo.  I bet we have gone through hundreds of water bottles and travel mugs over the years because they leak, don't keep things warm (or cold), and are cheaply made.  I absolutely believe you get what you pay for in this … [Read more...]

There is Something to Be Said About Mom 2.0


As a dinosaur in blog land, I've attended many conferences & events.  When you've been blogging for seven years, you've heard it all, been there/done that, and seen everything.  That's not entirely true but that was how it came to feel over the years.  So what did I do?  I quit going.  I focused on family and did my own thing, but there's … [Read more...]

5 Ways a Royal Caribbean Cruise Will Turn a Shy Girl Into a ‘Fly Girl’ #SeastheDay

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas

Recently, I embarked on a journey across the ocean, into the not-so-deep Mexico.  I call it a Brandcation, but you'd probably know it better as a cruise.  More specifically, it was a Royal Caribbean cruise on the Liberty of the Seas ship.  Thanks to the fabulous sponsor, Royal Caribbean, I had the opportunity to sail away on a 5 day/4 night cruise, … [Read more...]

Alamo Deal Retriever and a FABULOUS {Giveaway} Travel Bundle! (kindle, dvd player, and more)

alamo deal retriever

If you'll recall, I shared some of Alamo's promotions and services not too long ago.  Today, I'm sharing their newly made-over website!  In celebration of that and the new Alamo Deal Retriever feature, I'm giving away a fantastic prize bundle! Alamo's Deal Retriever searches all valid Alamo deals and coupons on the web to find the best rates … [Read more...]

Carnival Cruise Planning – Honduras, Belize, Cozumel


A good while back, my family was offered a cruise.  We turned it down, regrettably.  My boys, at the time, couldn't grip the idea of being on a huge boat in the middle of the ocean. Over the last year or so, I think they wish they had gone.  I know I do.  Since my husband felt bad about us not going, he agreed to swoop me away to the romantic … [Read more...]

Holiday Travel Promotion with Alamo and $100 Amex Prize Package {Giveaway}

Alamo 20_Specialty

Rental cars are very popular during holiday travel. I know for us, it would be ideal since our tires are not so good and family is 6+hrs away.  Choosing a rental is also ideal if you need something larger or something better on gas.  Alamo is providing you guys with a special promotion to use this holiday season, as well as, giving a prize package … [Read more...]

Radisson’s 50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Rooms {Giveaway}


Radisson is celebrating their 50th Anniversary!!  And do you know how they are celebrating?  By giving away 50 one-night stays, every day f0r 50 days!  Yeppers, and you can win one of those free nights stay right here on A Cowboy's Wife!  Yeehaw!!  (p.s. if you wanna enter to win an Aaron Rodgers autographed football & $50 amex gift card, go … [Read more...]

Snaps of….


While in NYC, I quickly snapped a photo of the Statue of Liberty.  I was on a moving boat that was still for all of 30 seconds, and I was soaken wet to boot!  Anyhoo, I loved seeing the giant beauty and if I ever go back, I'll definitely take the time to see her up close and pay my respect to such a historic piece of our country. I've been … [Read more...]

If I Were Taking a Cruise on the Carnival Magic, What Would I Need to Know?


Everyone I know that has been on a cruise, loves them.  LOVES THEM. Since I've never been on one, I don't know what to imagine but I do like to prepare. I'm a little OCD like that.   January 30th, 2013 will be our 20th anniversary and I plan on taking a cruise that week with my handsome cowboy.   We are looking at the Carnival Magic that will leave … [Read more...]

They Do More Than Just Leave the Light On for You

holiday inn bathroom

I mentioned that GM gave us a loaner for our trip to Arlington to see Joyce Meyer but I haven't shared where we stayed yet (or even the Joyce Meyer stuff yet). The generous folks at Holiday Inn provided us with a lovely room for our stay.  I really liked the location because it was right next to an IHOP and easy access to the loop and a main street … [Read more...]

A Look at the 2012 Chevy Traverse and the Women In It

2012 Chevy Traverse

GM was kind enough to allow me and my friends to drive a 2012 Chevy Traverse to the Joyce Meyer conference.  It was a 4 hour drive from Sweetwater to Arlington and one that caused me asthma issues due to constant laughing.  It was awesome.  The two ladies on the left rode with me, along with another gal.  I'm thinking the electraflying hair will be … [Read more...]

Will Smith Touched My Arm

I recently had the chance to attend the annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting 2011.  It's definitely not what most of you might think. It's actually fun, informative, and my favorite is getting to hear the stories of the associates.   Last year was absolutely inspiring and this year was super cool. First, I want to tell you that Walmart does not … [Read more...]

Packed for CES, What’s in Your Travel Bag? (and See Mine)

organic cranberry crunch bars

My alarm is set for 3am with a departure flight from Abilene at 5:50am, arriving in Las Vegas, for the Consumer Electronics Show, at 8:40am.  Needless to say, I'm gonna be tired.  I'm hoping that I get a second wind upon my arrival in Vegas.  I can't check in at American Airlines and I'm assuming it's because I'm getting upgraded which would be OH … [Read more...]

Help Me and My Man Pick Our Vacation Resort in Mexico


The only time I've been to Mexico came about by accident.  We lived towards El Paso so we went to see the city...next thing you know we're in Mexico.  After driving in a few miles, we decided that we just needed to drive right back out.  We just didn't know the area so instead of risking getting lost, we went home. Well, we are going to Mexico … [Read more...]

Josh Groban, Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Enrique Iglesias, and American Idol Winner

mariah carey

WHEW! THAT was a mouthful!   I'm still not home but wanted to at least share some of the entertainment photos with you for now until I have the time to write about my experiences of this entire week.  Some of my Wilton recaps will be at my food blog though so keep your eyes on both places. These photos were from the Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting … [Read more...]

Choosing Wisely and Why It’s Chevy


One of the things I've wanted to do as a blogger, and haven't had the chance to do, is to work with an auto company.  It's not for the lack of offers, but from who the offers were coming from that didn't allow for something more to happen.  I've always believed in choosing brands that I work with in a wise manner and what we drive is no … [Read more...]

Blissful Emotions


I was in Nashville early Feb attending the Blissdom Conference and I have to say that for me this year, it was the best I've attended since I started blogging.  It was positive, emotional, and fun. I spoke at last year's conference and was quite happy to NOT speak this year.  I don't do well speaking in front of folks and of course it was very … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Fashion for the Whole Family (and a HOT handbag)

TJMaxx 030

T.J. Maxx/Marshalls invited me to Boston to checkout their back to school fashion pieces, school us on how well we know off-pricing, and get to know what they're all about.   I've been to a lot of events but I have to say, this is one of the best. Not because of the shopping spree they gave us (which was super nice) but I loved how they combined … [Read more...]

The Blogher Whirlwind


Wow, what an event.  I honestly don't even know where to begin because there was soooooo much happening.  I arrived to Chicago on Wednesday, very perky and left on Sunday completely drained but it was all worth it. The amount of folks that showed up for the Blogher Conference was absolutely amazing.  The sad thing is that there are so many … [Read more...]

7 Minutes with Carson Kressley and an Evening with Nikon

Carson Kressley

Carson Kressley is not only telling you "How to Look Good Naked",  he's also telling you how to "Look Good in Pictures" and I hope he shares a few tips with me during my 7 minute interview with him at Blogher!  Lord knows I could use the help in that department. Anyways, on Friday evening while at Blogher, I'll have the absolutely wonderful … [Read more...]

Disney Family.com Makes Traveling More Fun for Kiddos!


Disney Family.com is offering an “On the Road With Family.com” kit to one lucky reader! The kit promises to keep children comfortably entertained during car or plane trips this summer and will put an end to the dreaded “Are we there yet?” questions while allowing families to share their favorite family vacation destinations. The travel kit … [Read more...]

Shamu and Friends!


Wordless Wednesday.........Shamu and a photo from the show "Believe" that brought me to tears.  SeaWorld ROCKS! (taken with my iphone) … [Read more...]

Shaquille ONeal and A Cowboy’s Wife on a Plane, Together


I checked in through the self-service machine for my flight on American Airlines and noticed the option to upgrade to 1st class. I didn't even think about it to be honest, I just said heck yeah! Scheduled flight time was 4:40pm. Because of storms, actual flight time was 7:30pm but about 30 minutes before that, here comes a very, very tall fella … [Read more...]

SeaWorld’s Manta Roller Coaster in Orlando, Florida

manta rollercoaster at SeaWorld

I haven't been on a roller coaster in years but thanks to IZEA and SeaWorld (owned by Anheuser Busch) for sponsoring the visit, I was able to ride the newly launched Manta Roller Coaster, as well as, experience other parts of SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.  I have a couple of posts I want to write but today's post is focused on the Manta. I got … [Read more...]

I Need a Tan Cause I am going to Florida


Oh my gosh, have you have seen SeaWorld's Manta roller coaster?? SKEERED! I have been a lover of roller coasters my whole life, however, it's been a while since I've ridden one and I have to admit, I'm a little nervous in my old age! lol You are basically laying down like you are flying so it's gonna be fun but scary! There's a video you can … [Read more...]