Celebrate the True Spirit of American Beauty with @Almay #SimplyAmerican

This post is part of a collaboration between Almay and SheKnows. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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We had a great weekend at the Texas State Fair.  There is just something about the start of the Texas Sate Fair that says “fall” even if it is still 95 degrees outside.

This year I had the best time visiting the Almay bus at the fair.  I had a chance to spin the wheel of prizes, get a mini makeover, and recharge my phone on the patio and relax.

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Michelle and I chilling on the patio

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Almay has proudly announced its collaboration with the USO, the only military non-profit organization that has supported our troops and families for more than 70 years. Almay will honor the women of the U.S. military and veterans, and focus on troops as they transition from service back to their communities.

I got my picture taken at the “kissing booth” and put on the big American flag.

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This summer, Almay embarked on the ultimate road trip, creating a custom, Simply American experience that will stop at venues such as state fairs and other festivals. Almay will offer make up touch ups and celebrate the people, places and occasions that best exemplify the American spirit, including service women, veterans, military wives and their families.  This means so much to me because we are a former military family.  Terence and I lived on base for almost 6 years right after we got married 🙂

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The Almay Simply American bus tour is going out with a bang on October 3rd, making its last stop at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.  Texas peeps check it out!  I know a lot of friends who are going to the Music Festival, so don’t forget to stop by the bust and get your free makeup touch-ups with Almay makeup artists, Almay product samples, and giveaways!

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She put the most moisturizing lipstick on me.  My lips are always dry, so I loved this! She also wrote down all the products we used so I could take it home.  #scoreBBP_7604

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Share your #SimplyAmerican beauty photos for a chance to have it featured on Almay’s hub page HERE.  In addition to contributing $250,000 to the USO, Almay will also donate $1 for each approved share, up to $10,000 max donation until 10/6/15.

Find all the stops for the Almay Simply American tour HERE.

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Just for kicks I’ll share the WORST picture in America!  Ha ha!  I actually suggested we ride the dizzy ladybug roller coaster at the fair.  I can’t tell you how thrilled we all were to be on it.  I look like I have whiplash (because I did!) that ride spins you so hard I could barely stand to get off!  Poor Connor’s face….oh my goodness!  Terence just kept telling me to stop screaming…these are the memories life is made of.  Histerical.

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Pumpkin Crumble Cake #LoneStarEggs

This post is sponsored by Lone Star Eggs. All opinions are my own.

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I shared with you a while ago about Lone Star Eggs.  Well, today I’m going to share a yummy fall recipe featuring Lone Star Eggs found right here in Texas at my local Walmart.

Tis the season for everything PUMPKIN!  So I thought I would share with you a delish recipe for pumpkin crumb cake.

Crumb topping

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup flour

In a small sauce pan, cook butter, brown sugar and salt over medium heat stirring constantly until smooth- about 6 minutes.  Add vanilla and stir until combined.  Remove from heat.  Whisk in flour.  Set aside and let cool

Cake

  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large Lone Star Eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, oil, eggs and sour cream until smooth and well combined.  In another bowl whisk together flour, and remaining dry ingredients.  Slowly add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture mixing until just combined. Pour batter into 8×8 pan lined with parchment. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Sprinkle crumb topping over cake when cooled.

It should turn out looking something like this, mine crumbled a bit…but that is okay because it’s a crumb cake 🙂

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I love shopping at Walmart.  They have everything all in one place.  I also like to support local Texas businesses and foods that are sourced in our great state of TEXAS!  I’m originally from Arkansas, which is actually where Walmart is headquartered.  I married a Texan and now I’ve been here for over 8 years.  Texans have major pride, and I’ll tell you something they are not ashamed to show it!  That’s one of the first things I told my husband when we moved here.

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When I shop at Walmart I feel a little bit of home with me while living in Texas.  I know that sounds silly, but it’s so true!

Now we are raising our own little Texan and we want him to grow big and strong!  That’s why it’s so important to feed him good food.  Lone Star Eggs are a great source of protein 🙂

08172010Check your local paper October 18th for a coupon for $0.75 off a carton of Lone Star Eggs.  It will be in the Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston and San Antonio area newspapers.

Lone Star Eggs is also giving away a year’s supply of eggs on their Facebook page and 52 other winners that will receive 1 dozen free eggs.

Friday Favorites Link Up: Fall TV Shows

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If you’ve ready this blog for any extended period of time you know my love of The Goldberg’s and the crazy Mom Beverly and all her antics.  It’s the funniest sitcom on TV as far as I’m concerned.  It’s set in the 80’s (my favorite era) and everything about it makes me happy!  The hair, the scrunchies, leg warmers, and crazy sweaters oh my!

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Terence and I watched The Blindspot on Monday night and I really liked it!  I love a good mystery and this is going to be one of them…I can tell by the first episode.  We also watched Limitless this week, The Blacklist is a favorite, and Scandal.  On Fridays we like to watch Shark Tank too 🙂

What are your favorite TV shows this fall?  Link up below: